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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is considering a run for his father's Senate seat. AP Photo/Rob Carr

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (D) acknowledged that he is considering a run for his father's Senate seat but put no timeline on a decision in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" today.

"Am I considering it?," Biden said. "Absolutely. I'll be making the decision in due course."

Biden, who spent the last year in Iraq as part of a Delaware National Guard unit, is widely expected by Washington Democrats to run for the seat although his path to replacing his father in the Senate got significantly more complicated last week when Rep.Mike Castle (R) announced he was in the race.

There has been some speculation last week that Biden was waffling on a bid in the wake of Castle's announcement and might want to run for the Republican's open House seat but former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) has been in that race for months and doesn't want to step aside. Knowledgeable sources said they expect some sort of decision from Biden by the end of November -- at the latest.

Biden does have the luxury of waiting a bit before making a final decision on the race.

First, his last name and current spot in statewide office ensures that name identification in the First State won't be much of a problem.

Second, Castle did next to nothing to position himself financially before making his decision to run for the Senate -- he raised just $57,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30 although he did end the period with $853,000 in the bank, a total stockpiled from years of non-competitive races.

Finally, Biden's star power gives him more leeway in postponing a decision. Very few Senate candidates get a five-minute segment on national television to tell the story of the year they spent in Iraq. Of course, few candidates are the son of the sitting vice president either.

Assuming Biden runs, the Delaware race will be among a handful of the best Senate races in the country with two well-liked and almost certainly well-financed candidates facing off in a contest that will be very closely watched by the White House.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 15, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
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"Still, I think Beau would do best by jumping in feet first right now. He could probably create a huge wave of excitement that would overshadow the Castle entry. The sooner that Beau defines himself as a candidate who stands for something, the sooner Delaware voters can start to support the candidate who they probably are more naturally inclined towards. Also, Beau could be capitalizing on the national controversy right now which gives Beau the chance to contrast himself with current republican die hard senators instead of Castle's more centrist image. Posted by: theamazingjex"

Based on what information actually gets out about what really goes on in country, (go read the sandbox) maybe it is fairer to let younger Biden take a few days and decide if he wants any of ANY more fights in the service of his country. A year in that morass would be justification enough for him to decide to go into private practice, get rich, and haunt his VFW post when he needs the camaraderie.

Having had to be a target for Jihadis for the last year, he really doesn't owe anyone over here a chance to take snide potshots at him from the political fringes.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 15, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"But then again, I'm sure you held a great deal of respect for President Bush's service in the Texas National guard. Posted by: mcgrawdevin "

If he HAD properly served in the guard I might have a bit of respect for it. The public record seems to show that his service was a bit less than what he signed up for. Like staying sober and away from drugs.

Viet Nam was a bit different in that the Guard was kept home to do its HOMEWORK. Only one guard unit actually got sent into service in Viet Nam, not counting a couple of VERY esoteric Intelligence units that specialized in installing secure communications wiring in RR Operations buildings.

Then the Guard was a place to avoid combat. Now it is an invitation to spend every other year out in the deserts and mountains of our enemies heartlands.

If you want to talk about President's kids and Combat, go look up all those Roosevelts. Them I have some respect for, ever the Right Wing wierdos like Archie.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 15, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

" "is not necessarily front line duty" Be sure to tell all the vets that Republicans reserve their respect for front line troops only. Posted by: nodebris "

Front lines went away with Korea. In fact, they sort of disappeared in Korea.

When a girl in a burkha could be seventy pounds of walking explosives looking for maximum damage, the concept of front lines tends to blur more than a little.

Non combat branch officers are still expected to fill assignments in combat companies as a part of their career development. That's why West Point Grads headed to service branches get infantry platoon assignments on leaving the Academy.

They teach us ALL to shoot, and to deal with incoming rounds. The only difference is that you have to be Combat Arms to get the CIB. No matter HOW many times you end up in a fire fight.

It isn't non combat types these Repub heroes don't support, it's non Republican vets they can't abide.

It takes an awful lot of us non combat MOS's to make it possible for the grunts and ground pounders to be the teeth of the organization. Remember, should you ever face an angry crocodile, its most dangerous weapon is its TAIL!!

Posted by: ceflynline | October 15, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

DDNFLA (although why I'm responding to a person who says women deserve to be hit is beyond me):
The surge worked not because we threw more troops in; but because Petraues worked with the different factions to enhance communications and work out deals. Sometimes he threatened or used bribes, or whatever worked. And that's great--but it could have gone the other way very easily and so I support people like Biden who were against escalation. And yes, Biden's plan for Iraq involved giving the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis their own regions. No--that's not how we found it, as you claim. Biden had the best-thought plan for Iraq, including an exit strategy. I was thrilled when he got the pick for VP and it made me respect Obama even more for recognizing his intelligence and experience. It pleases the media to paint Biden in disparaging terms just as it pleases the media to never report on the good that unions do working people in support of higher wages and benefits. Media is owned by giant corporations and it's not in their interests to promote the working class or a working-class hero such as Joe Biden.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | October 15, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

DDNFLA (although why I'm responding to a person who says women deserve to be hit is beyond me):
The surge worked not because we threw more troops in; but because Petraues worked with the different factions to enhance communications and work out deals. Sometimes he threatened or used bribes, or whatever worked. And that's great--but it could have gone the other way very easily and so I support people like Biden who were against escalation. And yes, Biden's plan for Iraq involved giving the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis their own regions. No--that's not how we found it, as you claim. Biden had the best-thought plan for Iraq, including an exit strategy. I was thrilled when he got the pick for VP and it made me respect Obama even more for recognizing his intelligence and experience. It pleases the media to paint Biden in disparaging terms just as it pleases the media to never report on the good that unions do working people in support of higher wages and benefits. Media is owned by giant corporations and it's not in their interests to promote the working class or a working-class hero such as Joe Biden.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | October 15, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I hate the knee jerk reactions people have against dynastic politicians of the opposing party. Beau is certainly popular because of his father's name, but evidence of nepotism in Beau's career is clearly lacking. If Beau had wanted to profit from nepotism, he would be running as an incumbent right now.

Posted by: theamazingjex | October 15, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

As long as he has time to delay, Biden sort of has the luxury of proxy campaigning due to his name. The fickle world of presidential politics could mean the Biden name might be much more of an asset or a liability in a few months. You only get one chance to make a first impression and all that.

Still, I think Beau would do best by jumping in feet first right now. He could probably create a huge wave of excitement that would overshadow the Castle entry. The sooner that Beau defines himself as a candidate who stands for something, the sooner Delaware voters can start to support the candidate who they probably are more naturally inclined towards. Also, Beau could be capitalizing on the national controversy right now which gives Beau the chance to contrast himself with current republican die hard senators instead of Castle's more centrist image.

Posted by: theamazingjex | October 15, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Typical. You ask if a state attorney general and war veteran is qualified for the Senate you'd invariably get a yes. Mention his last name is Biden and the situation is somehow different. What happened to getting the best person for the job?

Posted by: thecorinthian | October 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Nodebris,

"An electorate ill-informed enough to pick a mediocre candidate based on name recognition alone is easy prey for any number of lesser, incompetent candidates from other quarters as well."

No argument with your point. However, I still would prefer a mediocre candidate who earned the office on his/her own, rather than a mediocre one who had the inside track on getting it due to being part of a dynasty.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 15, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I spent 2 tours in Vietnam, not in the infantry (army). I can tell you I did my fair share of fighting. Iraq from what I have seen and heard is a different story. There weren't/aren't any really safe and secure areas. So him serving there wasn't necessarily a "cake" walk. At least he served in a combat zone, and wasn't/isn't a blowhard armchair warrior/neocon.

Posted by: woodard3 | October 15, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm with moiraeve1. Dislike his politics if you like, but it is foolish to call someone as honest, accomplished and hard-working as Biden worthless, an America-hater and a buffoon. It isn't so.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 15, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The same BObaggers who are complaining about Biden and dismissing his service in Iraq, which is BO’s and Joe’s fun war, are the ones who think Kerry was a war hero, that Kerry was a hero in Vietnam, and that Bush never served in Vietnam at all, and certainly never saw combat, and just made it all up

Posted by: leapin | October 15, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The same Teabaggers who are complaining about Biden and dismissing his service in Iraq, which is Dumya's and Dick's fun war, are the ones who think Reagan was a war hero, that Dumya was a hero in Vietnam, and that Kerry never served in Vietnam at all, and certainly never saw combat, and just made it all up.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | October 15, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mike, you're stealing my line! Actually, I think I use a reference to elections whenever someone talks about term limits.

I'm glad Castle is running. Enough of the coronations. The people of Delaware (as well as New York, Illinois, Colorado, etc.) deserve a choice.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 15, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know his politics...
but if he is like his father...
he should quit while he is ahead...
does he have his fathers temper...
does he say stupid things...
is he as worthless as his partison father...

Posted by: DwightCollins | October 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

He's going to have to dis some Indians to have any political future.

Posted by: leapin | October 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I think there is one thing that the left and the right can agree upon, regardless of whether he runs: he's kind of a cutie.

Posted by: dkp01 | October 15, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

nodebris...I am not a Republican, and I am honored that Beau chose to serve our country.

I just think that using imagery and sensationalism to misdirect a particularly naive electorate is wrong.

But then again, I'm sure you held a great deal of respect for President Bush's service in the Texas National guard.

And I also assume you hold an equal deal of gratitude for your personal safety to your District Attorney's office as you do your Police department...given your previous comments....

Posted by: mcgrawdevin | October 15, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"is not necessarily front line duty"

Be sure to tell all the vets that Republicans reserve their respect for front line troops only.

Posted by: nodebris | October 15, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

To Average Jane and others:

"He just came home from serving with the military in Iraq. He shoots guns to protect your right to shoot your mouth off. Talk about being an "America-hater", have you looked in the mirror lately?"


While I am honored that Beau Biden would choose to serve his country, I feel that being in the JAG (lawyers for the military) hardly constitutes "shooting guns" to save American lives. Trying off-base violations in military court is not necessarily front line duty.

And he was able to fulfill his Attorney General's duties while abroad, so I sincerely doubt he was doing so under duress.

Posted by: mcgrawdevin | October 15, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

PSSTTT!!

Notice to all the anti-dynasty commenters:

The next thread is about Rep Ron Paul's son, who is running a well-funded campaign to be Kentucky's next senator. Jr Paul, of course, has been helped immensely by the campaign funding machine built by his father in last year's Presidential election.

So why don't ya'll mosey on over there & take a few cracks at Rand Paul's nepotistic run for office.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 15, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"but we'd be spared many more lesser, incompetent heirs"

I think you are overly optimistic. An electorate ill-informed enough to pick a mediocre candidate based on name recognition alone is easy prey for any number of lesser, incompetent candidates from other quarters as well.

Posted by: nodebris | October 15, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Another Biden in the Senate isn't exactly what the country needs right now. Relax, libs, the Bush argument you're dying to launch will only serve to make my point."


The lesson from Bush is that sometimes the apple falls farther from the tree than expected. All the criticisms of Jr Biden levelled thus far have relied on distaste for his father. Not exactly bold analysis, I think you'll agree.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | October 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"How the people of that stupid state keep electing his father is one thing...but another leftist America-hater who shoots his mouth off??"


He just spent a year in Iraq serving his country & now he's a leftist America-hater who shoots his mouth off? Wow. So much for honoring our troops. Seems to me he's earned the right to shoot his mouth off - not that I've seen any evidence that he's actually done so.


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 15, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

John Quincy Adams was a failure as President, serving only 1 term then losing in a landslide to Andrew Jackson. JQA's greatest achievements were in Congress. This example only reinforces my point.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Another Biden? No wonder this country is so screwed up..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 15, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I believe we already have an effective method for prohibiting political "dynasties" in this country. It's called VOTING.

Reading some of these comments, you'd think that a Senate seat was something you could bequeath in a will. Not so. If the good citizens of Delaware believe that Beau Biden is a "buffoon" then surely they are free to vote for Castle.

Yes, there are some advantages to being in a well-known political family. In addition to having an inside track to fundraisers and party officials, there is the built-in assumption among voters that your values mirror those of your parent(s).

I would argue that Bush 43 would not have been the nominee if it weren't for his father. He probably wouldn't have been governor of Texas without Papa pulling some strings. But the voters had time to check him out, and chose him over McCain and then Kerry. (Both inexplicably in my opinion, but oh, well).

And the anti-dynasty sentiment can be a drag on the campaign as well. Hillary got some of that, although absent Obama I believe she'd have been POTUS 44. Bobby Kennedy, obviously, got the worst of it.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 15, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Castle is an R. Why would Biden sit out because of friendship?

If Beau signs up I'll be sending a donation the next day. I'm not from Delaware but we need to keep the senate with at least 60 Ds if we have a snowballs chance of cleaning up 8 years worth of elephant dung.

Posted by: John1263 | October 15, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

To: moiraeve1

Are you nuts?

Please take a second and list the foreign policy ideas he's had that were realistic and/or actually implemented. Actually, it won't take that full second. For example: Please note he said the surge was a bad idea and would never work. You may not support it but the end result was an unqualified success. Also note he suggested dividing Iraq into up to four parts, with each sect controlling a separate area. Wasn't that the way it was when we got there? That "buffoon" label he so richly earned and deserves might be the result of exactly what you seem to admire. Maybe if he DID stop to think - or listen to members of his staff who do - he would have avoided at least some of the instances of constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the yap. World leaders do take his calls...and immediately put him on speakerphone to provide some comic relief for their hard-working staffs.
Try again.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 15, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

FIRST, BEAU MUST TAKE DOWN DELAWARE BRANCH OF FED-BACKED 'GRASSROOTS GESTAPO'

A Beau Biden run against the GOP graybeard Mike Castle would mirror Joe Biden's 1972 squeaker against J. Caleb Boggs. Given changing Delaware demos and his accomplishments as AG, the younger Biden probably will have an easier time of it.

But first, he, Team Obama and other AGs must act to dismantle the nationwide Bush-Cheney era vigilante "Grassroots Gestapo" and high-tech torture matrix that has deployed a silent, mind- and body-degrading microwave/laser directed weapons system against the American people -- in one iteration, disguised as cell phone towers.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 15, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The great American dynasties continue to control and rule our political system.

This nepotism makes America look like a third world banana Republic.

Posted by: jdcw | October 15, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused about all the succession and tin foil royalty that goes on in American politics but it's a free country and the candidate with the most votes wins. I just pray we don't see another Bush in the White House.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | October 15, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Months ago on a CNNTV program I heard that VP Biden was deliberately "holding" his previous Congressional seat for his son who couldn't take it right away because he was still in Iraq. If the American people take this royal-dynasty nonsense, they deserve it. We really need statesmen in DC, not men who are totally owned before they arrive, ready to follow the party line, bad or good. This stinks!

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 15, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

bevjames wrote that she was offended by the fact that Castle slapped his first wife. Since no such accusation has surfaced regarding his second wife, one can conclude that #2 learned a lesson. Maybe #1 had it coming. Some do - and you know who you are.
Also...
Another Biden in the Senate isn't exactly what the country needs right now. Relax, libs, the Bush argument you're dying to launch will only serve to make my point.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 15, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to Beau Biden running for his father's Senate seat. On a separate topic, I'm disgusted with Parade magazine's recent characterization of Vice President Biden as a "buffoon". Parade is perpetrating the same media nonsense stereotyping Biden as such--because why? Because he speaks his mind; doesn't clear everything through his press agent. Americans are lucky to have Vice President Biden involved in the political process. He is incredibly talented and knowledgeable about foreign affairs--and well respected around the world. He can pick up the phone and call any world leader -- and they're happy to take his calls. He was the only presidential candidate who had a game plan with regard to Iraq. So I'm really sick and tired of the "buffoon" label and all it does is make me realize how stupid the media is.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | October 15, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, Castle will have to face ancient charges of slapping his first wife. The allegations were made, and substantiated, during their divorce proceedings. He owned up to it and apologized, and it happened decades ago. But all's fair in love and politics.

Posted by: bevjames | October 15, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 15, 2009 11:56 AM wrote:
How the people of that stupid state keep electing his father is one thing...but another leftist America-hater who shoots his mouth off??

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
He just came home from serving with the military in Iraq. He shoots guns to protect your right to shoot your mouth off. Talk about being an "America-hater", have you looked in the mirror lately?

Posted by: AverageJane | October 15, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh no!

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | October 15, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Great another political dynasty, clintons, bushes, kennedys, and not bidens. The time for revolution is way over due..........!

Posted by: goziner | October 15, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

If this clown gets in the race -- I have a check going to Castle.

And I am a Democrat!

Posted by: Losercuda | October 15, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, tjhall1? You think someone who served America in Iraq is an "America-hater?" That's just deranged.

Posted by: dal20402 | October 15, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

How the people of that stupid state keep electing his father is one thing...but another leftist America-hater who shoots his mouth off??

Well, looking at Taxachussettes, I can see how it can happen...

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 15, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

bpai:

You don't think that John Quincy Adams should have been allowed to become President?

Posted by: JakeD | October 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I think there should be a legal moratorium against family members running for an elected office previously held by a family member, lasting for at least 10 years or (better) for a generation.

Sure, we might lose some capable candidates because of this, but we'd be spared many more lesser, incompetent heirs whose only qualification for an office is their family name (and fortune). Dynastic succession is completely contrary to the American ideal of self-achievement and individual merit.

We don't hold sons accountable for the sins of their fathers, why should they be given extra consideration because of the same?

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 15, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I also wonder how well Joe and Beau Biden get along with Castle.
I could see a situation where they decide to stay out of the race due to friendship with Rep Castle. Then again this is politics and friends don't really matter when you talk about elections.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 15, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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