Bidens band together on Election Day
WILMINGTON, Del. – For Joe Biden, politics has always been a family business and on Tuesday the Democratic vice presidential candidate took along three dozen of his relatives on the final campaign leg to Chicago.
Of the 99 passengers on board his campaign plane, 37 were members of the Biden family, including the Delaware senator, his mother Jean, wife Jill, daughter Ashley, son Hunter, grandchildren, siblings and other relatives.
A notable omission was Beau Biden, the senator’s eldest son who is being deployed to Iraq and is in military training in Texas.
Biden’s sister Valerie Owens, who has worked on every campaign since Biden first ran for the Senate in 1972, was also there along with her children.
Relatives took up the first third of the aircraft and applauded when the Delaware senator, who has made several failed presidential bids in the past, came on board after casting his ballot in his hometown of Wilmington.
Biden voted for himself twice at a polling station at the local library in his Greenville neighborhood — once for his Senate seat and then for himself and Barack Obama on the presidential ticket.
“Mom says this is the most important election of her lifetime,” said Biden, who gave a thumbs-up sign after he came out of the voting booth and hugged his wife and mother. “Mom, don’t tell them who you voted for,” he joked to journalists.
Photo credit: Reuters/Tim Shaffer. Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden walks with his mother Jean (C) and his wife Jill (L) after casting their votes at the Tatnall School near Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 4, 2008.