Joe Biden has represented the people of Wilmington, Delaware in some form or another for 45 years. To many in this town of 70,000 he is simply “Joe.”
Perhaps it’s no surprise then that many viewed his decision not to run for president in personal terms.
“I love Joe Biden,” said Susanne Ward. “I’m sorry that because of circumstances he has chosen not to run. I think he’s making a wise decision.”
Sympathy for Biden cut across party lines.
“Well as a Delawarean I guess I’m disappointed,” said Jeff Kaczmarczyk, who said he likely will be voting for a Republican candidate. “I’d love to see Joe run as a Delawarean, but I guess it was a little late in the game. And for his family maybe he just wants to spend more time with [them].”
Some, though, thought it was a good time for the long-time leader to step aside.
“He’s a great man,” said Anthony Alessia. “His family is wonderful. We’re gonna miss him, sure. But I think it’s time. I think it’s time for him to hang up his hat and say, I’m done.”
Others weren’t quite so sure Biden will be hanging up that proverbial hat. In fact, they expected to see the vice president delving back into local life when his term in the White House expires.
“Joe’s been a great guy, a really great advocate for Delaware,” said Dave Holleran. “Certainly I don’t think he’s going away. He’s going to retire a bit. But I still think he’ll be fighting for Delaware.”