Biden: Son Doesn't Want to Run for Senate

By Wilmington News-Journal, Wilmington News-Journal - January 24, 2010

In an interview published Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said that his son Beau Biden does not want to run for his old Senate seat.

The absence of the younger Biden leaves Democrats without a strong challenger to face Republican Rep. Mike Castle in this fall's Senate election in blue Delaware.

Here is the back-and-forth between Biden and Delaware News-Journal reporter Harry Themal:

Biden: "If you run into Beau, talk him into running; he respects you."

Me: "I don't think he wants to run, though."

Biden: "I don't think he does either. I know he doesn't want to. ... I'm so proud of the job he's done [as attorney general]."

Me: "Would you campaign for him [against Republican Mike Castle]?"

Biden: "Hell, yes. I told him I'd give him my sixth-born grandchild."

Biden doesn't say why his son -- an Iraq war veteran and state attorney general -- does not want to enter the race. In an earlier portion of the discussion, the vice president and former senator decries what he thinks is a "lamentable atmosphere" in the upper chamber due to the increased use of filibusters. "I have never seen one party [standing] the rules on their head like this," Biden said. "I can't think of a time when every single vote, from an NLRB nomination to health care, required 60 votes. No democracy can long be sustained where you can only rule by supermajority."

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