Biden Cancels Weekend Events For Family Illness

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden Saturday cancelled two days of campaign events to remain at his Wilmington home due to the illness of his mother-in-law.

"The campaign has cancelled Sen. Biden's schedule today and tomorrow because of a serious illness in Jill Biden's family," said Biden spokesman David Wade in a statement. "Hospice has advised the Bidens to remain close by, and we appreciate everyone's respect for the family's privacy."

ABC News has confirmed that Jill Biden's mother, Bonnie Jacobs, is is receiving care for a serious illness in nearby Pennsylvania. In fact, Biden took a later train to Washington, DC, last Wednesday for the Senate vote on the economic bailout package due to a conference call with doctors on the situation. The illness of Jill Biden's mother comes at the same time as Sen. Biden's son Beau deploys to Iraq. Beau, Delaware state attorney general and a captain in the National Guard, starts his deployment Sunday with training in Fort Bliss, Texas.

The Senator's cancelled events for Saturday include a Washington, DC fundraiser and a speech at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, as well as Sunday rallies in Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia.

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