Biden cancels campaign events, illness in family
WILMINGTON, Del. – With a sick relative and a son headed off to war, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden has grounded his campaign for a few days.
Biden canceled a visit to Washington, D.C., on Saturday night and a trip to Virginia on Sunday because of what a spokesman called “a serious illness” in the family of his wife, Jill.
“Hospice has advised the Bidens to remain close by, and we appreciate everyone’s respect for the family’s privacy,” the spokesman, David Wade, said in a statement.
Biden didn’t campaign on Friday, either.
Instead, he spent the day after his big debate with Republican rival Sarah Palin in his home state of Delaware.
His only public appearance was at a departure ceremony in Dover for 112 members of the Army Delaware National Guard, including his son, Beau, who is being deployed to Iraq for about a year.
In brief remarks, Biden bid the soldiers a safe farewell. He made no mention of his campaign. Aides said he spoke as a father and senator, not as a vice presidential nominee.
Photo credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria (Biden hugs wife Jilll at the end of his debate with Palin)