Biden Cancels Fundraiser, Stays With Son in Texas

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 2:28 PM EDT
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    Vice President Joe Biden has canceled an event Thursday in Rhode Island to remain in Houston while his son is being evaluated at a Texas cancer center.

    Biden was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the home of Alison and Bill Vareika, which has been canceled.

    The White House hasn't said whether Biden's other events this week have also been canceled. Biden was to attend a fundraiser in New Hampshire and an event at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island Thursday, and join President Barack Obama in Pennsylvania at a Friday event. Salve Regina University says the event there may also be canceled.

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    NBC News reported Monday that Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, has a mass in his brain and is being evaluated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    Biden was admitted to Northwestern University Hospital last Wednesday after feeling weak and disoriented while driving with his family to Indiana. He then traveled to Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia on Thursday to consult with his doctor.

    Authorities say emergency responders were called earlier this month to a home where Biden had been living, two weeks before being hospitalized.

    An official with the Cranston Heights Fire Co. said Wednesday that the department received a call for help from Biden's home on Aug. 1. Beau Biden has been living at the home while a house he bought is being renovated.

    Rickie Clark, a supervisor for the fire department, said the call for help was in reference to someone possibly having a stroke.

     


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