Vice President Cancels Events To Stay With Son In Texas

WASHINGTON (August 21, 2013)--Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday canceled three appearances Thursday in Rhode Island and Maine, opting to stay in Houston while his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, is evaluated at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

But the vice president, in a brief statement later, said his son will be released from the hospital on Thursday after "a successful procedure" on Wednesday.

"He will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks," the statement said.

The statement provided no details about the procedure.

Beau Biden arrived on Monday in Houston for tests at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after becoming weak and disoriented while vacationing in Indiana last week.

The vice president had been scheduled to headline a fundraiser Thursday for the Democratic National Committee at the home of Alison and Bill Vareika, but Alison Vareika said Wednesday the event has been called off.

Biden's other events Thursday, a fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and an appearance at Rhode Island's Salve Regina University, were also called off, although Salve Regina University said its event would take place in Biden's absence.

"Vice President Biden is absolutely right to be with his son and family during this difficult time," Hassan said.

Biden is still scheduled to join President Barack Obama Friday in Scranton, Pa., during the second day of Obama's bus tour, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Beau Biden was admitted to a Chicago-area hospital after experiencing the symptoms during the vacation trip, returned home, and then later traveled to Houston for testing at the MD Anderson.

The vice president accompanied his son to Houston on Monday and has remained with him in Texas.

The younger Biden, 44, also suffered a mild stroke in 2010.


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