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Joe Biden

Biden Steps Off Trail for Mother-In-Law's Funeral

By Perry Bacon Jr.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden will spend Monday and Tuesday off the campaign trail following the death of his mother-in law, Bonny Jean Jacobs, 78.

Jacobs, the mother of Biden's wife, Jill, died Sunday after a long illness, Biden spokesman David Wade said. She will be buried Tuesday in Abington, Pa., near where she lived in Willow Grove, Pa.

Biden had already canceled campaign events over the weekend, including an address Saturday to the Human Rights Campaign in Washington and stops Sunday in Richmond and Roanoke, upon learning that Jacobs's condition had suddenly declined.

Appearances in New Hampshire on Monday and in Florida on Tuesday have been canceled. Wade said Biden will resume campaigning Wednesday in Florida.

Posted at 8:05 PM ET on Oct 5, 2008  | Category:  Joe Biden
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Those we hold most dear never truly leave us... They live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives. " Norton". May the love and kindness she gave to all of you continue to live in all of you. May the angels lead her into paradise. May God bless you and your family. May you be showered with tremendous blessings on the campain trail.

Posted by: shoes55 | October 6, 2008 11:23 AM

One more thing Sen Biden this is something to cheer you up and bring a smile to your face. You tore the MAVERICK up at the dabate. I watch SNL over & over & over. I never thought Tina Fey was so good. Sen Biden everyone laugh when they hear MAVERICK. maybe Palin will have a good resume as a hockey mom. Do she realize that there are plenty of mothers out there that are hockey, socker, basketball, baseball moms. God Bless You & Your Family

Posted by: caroltevans | October 6, 2008 10:47 AM

Dear Sen Biden,
May God Bless you & your family. Our prayers in New Haven,Conn are with you. Your mother in law lived a good life. She has gone home to a better place. Sen Biden did you know that McCain is 73?
Love You Sen Biden

Posted by: caroltevans | October 6, 2008 10:43 AM

Senator Biden: Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by: martymar123 | October 6, 2008 8:51 AM

Senator Bidden;

Please accept my condolescence. You are truly a gentleman and a family man.

Posted by: nagamas1 | October 6, 2008 1:51 AM

May God comfort the Bidens and Jacobs.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 5, 2008 11:10 PM

Certainly condolences to Biden and his family.

On a political note, does this hurt Obama much since Biden was scheduled to talk extensively on the economy in two key battlegrounds. Palin gets two days in FL to Biden's one "low key" (per the campaign) event.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 5, 2008 10:22 PM


I guess it was too much to hope for one non-partisan thread. John McCain's mother is still alive in her ninties.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 10:18 PM

God bless the entire Jacobs and Biden family.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 10:07 PM

Sorry to hear that his 78 yr old mother-in-law died... hmmm, who else do we know that is rapidly approaching that age? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Posted by: jcurphy | October 5, 2008 10:05 PM

Vaya con Dios.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 5, 2008 8:55 PM

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