VP Biden cancels fundraiser to stay with Beau

 (AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis)

(AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis)

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. Alison Vareika says the event has been called off.  The White House hasn’t said whether Biden’s other appearances Thursday have also been canceled.

On Thursday, Biden was to attend an event at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and a fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. Salve Regina University says Biden may not attend but the event will occur in his absence.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Biden is still scheduled to join President Barack Obama in Pennsylvania at a Friday event.

Biden’s son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, felt weak and disoriented last week and was admitted to a Chicago-area hospital. He returned home but traveled a few days later to Houston for testing at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The younger Biden, 44, also suffered a mild stroke in 2010. The vice president accompanied his son to Houston on Monday and has remained with him in Texas.

Lewes fundraiser still on

Beau Biden was scheduled to be at a fundraiser for his own reelection campaign Wednesday night in southern Delaware. Admission to the fundraiser at the Lewes Yacht Club in Lewes is $100 per person.  Officials with the Biden for Attorney General campaign say reporters are not allowed.  

It was not immediately clear whether any member of Biden’s family would appear at the event to speak on his behalf to supporters.

Earlier incident

Authorities say emergency responders were called earlier this month to the home where the son of Vice President Joe Biden has been living, two weeks before he was hospitalized during a family vacation.  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.

His son, Delaware Attorney General 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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