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Vice President says son doesn't want to run for Senate

Vice President Joe Biden told a Delaware columnist that his son, state Attorney General Beau Biden, doesn't want to run for the Senate, a startling admission and one, if correct, that could hand his former seat to Republicans in the fall.

"If you run into Beau, talk him into running; he respects you," Biden told Wilmington News Journal columnist Harry Themal at the end of a recent interview. Themal responded that he didn't think Beau Biden wanted to run to which Joe Biden responded: "I don't think he does either. I know he doesn't want to."

Biden's office provided the Fix with a transcription of the relevant part of the interview in which, they insist, it's clear that Joe Biden is talking not about his son but about interim Sen. Ted Kaufman, a longtime ally of the vice president.

"Talk Ted into running, if Beau doesn't," Biden is reportedly to have said. "Talk him into running -- he respects you."

Even in Biden's version of events, however, it's clear the Vice president is seeking a "plan b" in the event his son decides against the race.

For months, Beau Biden has been cast as a certain candidate by Senate Democratic strategists but, in recent weeks, Biden's hesitation to formally announce his candidacy has stoked speculation that he is reconsidering the race.

Those close to Beau Biden had acknowledged that his timeline for deciding on a bid against Rep. Mike Castle (R) has been delayed due to an ongoing blockbuster case regarding an alleged pedophile pediatrician that is being handled out of the AG's office.

But, Joe Biden's comments seem to suggest that his son isn't simply a victim of circumstances but genuinely does not want to seek the office. Castle, who has served as the state's governor and at-large Congressman, is widely seen as the strongest candidate Republicans could possibly field.

With Castle's electoral strength, behind-the-scene suggestions that the septuagenarian Castle only wants to serve until 2014 and a national political environment that appears to have tilted badly against Democrats, Biden's reconsideration of the race is not terribly surprising.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 24, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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You were right.

Posted by: JakeD | January 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This is our biggest problem in our government. We keep allowing the same families to get into office. Being born into these families that have been abusing the citizen's of America for years is something they don't seem to have a problem with.
This goes for the Democrats and the Republicans.They are so used to all the corruption that has been going on for years, they actually believe what they do is right. Add no relatives with TERM LIMITS.Maybe the legal citizen's of America can do something about evil elitist "THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT IS ALREADY HERE stopping our freedom.

Posted by: peggydlhk | January 25, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't want to run? Does anyone, even for a moment, take that seriously? He doesn't want to lose is the real explanation. This entire election was deliberately set up for his benefit. Of course, he would be better off waiting for an open seat in the governor's office.

Posted by: qlangley | January 25, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Given how bad running for any office is right now, can anyone blame him? There's no end of misery associated with being in elected office because of all the fringe nut jobs on both sides of the political spectrum.

The GOP is a riven mess, and unlikely to get it's act together as a party due to unresolvable cognitive dissonance between it's members & leaders. They're really stuck in ways I don't envy at all. Most of them have trouble figuring out what 'conservative' means, and think that only their party is capable of it... There's a lot of silly frothing anger at Democrats over problems their GOP made, and couldn't fix either. Wide stances and tiny tents don't win elections, and just winning one doesn't mandate crazy social radicalism either.

Posted by: Nymous | January 25, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Family pride, for one thing. It's not the People's seat; it's Biden's seat.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Family pride, for one thing. It's not the People's seat; it's Biden's seat.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Why would bobo end his career with a loss to Castle now when he could wait four years and run unopposed?

Posted by: Moonbat | January 24, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Farve is hurt, another fumble. Bush TD on overturned call!

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Great game. Also watching Senior Tour guys Tom Watson and Fred Couples duel it out on the Golf Channel. Great stuff.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse


Are you watching the Saints / Vikings game?

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Vice President Biden would go disagree. As would CC.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 24, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Only three checks:

Dems in trouble. Check.
GOP comeback. Check.
Free pub for obscure GOP candidate. Check.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse


Good one!


First, I've never been banned, so you can take your request and shove it. Second, ACTING President Biden doesn't make sense half the time, so far be it from me to spin his gaffes. Even his version confirms "if Beau doesn't run". LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The reason Beau Biden isn't running - he realizes his dad will need a job in three years.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 24, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I would also note that our gracious host has requested that birther nonsense be kept off the blog. If you're going to keep reposting his requests, perhaps you would honor them as well?


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 24, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Care to explain why Joe Biden would be giving his grandson to his own son (i.e., the father?) The original quote doesn't make sense. Spin away!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 24, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse


That was the SECOND version.

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse


It was a slip-up by Acting President Biden, inadvertantly revealed the truth. I'm surprised more Democrats haven't announced retirements. Senator-Elect Scott Brown (REPUBLICAN-MASSACHUSETTS) has taken down Obamacare and Beau Biden, all before he's even sworn in! Valerie Jarrett on MTP was making lots of excuses too!

Posted by: JakeD | January 24, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Great link, Josh! So, the comment was about Ted Kaufman, not Beau Biden.

BB (not that one either)

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Joshp365 | January 24, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Delaware is a small state, but there are not any other qualified democrats to run?


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 24, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I believe the point is that he is involved with prosecuting said pediatrician. That whole bit about not being able to run and do one's job. Given current distaste for "inherited" seats, not running and establishing an independent persona seems smart politics.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 24, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

He can't run for U. S. Senate because the financial assets of pedophile pediatrician are being seized? What kind of Lieberman-style mumbo-jumbo is that?

Posted by: blasmaic | January 24, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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