During a trip to his home state Friday, Joe Biden said the race for his old Senate seat is not a sure thing for Democrats, warning them to campaign "as serious as you possibly can."
The vice president didn't mention Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell
by name, but he said a win by the Republican candidate in Delaware could take Congress back to an era of GOP control "on steroids," Tribune Media Services
Biden said he and his family would throw their support behind Chris Coons in the final weeks before the November election, promising a bruising battle despite the Democrat's lead in the polls.
"Do not take this lightly," Biden said in Wilmington. "Gird your loins for anything . . . It's not likely to be a straightforward debate."
Many Democrats had hoped that Beau Biden, the son of the vice president, would seek the seat long held by his father. The younger Biden decided instead to run again as Delaware's attorney general.
Tribune Media Services said the vice president gave a strong endorsement of Coons, praising "his independence, his intelligence and his gut."
"I am enthusiastically for -- have been enthusiastically for -- this genuinely independent guy," Biden said. "My son, Beau, my sister, my whole family are ready to work and do everything we can."
A Public Policy Polling Survey this week
found Coons, the New Castle County executive, starting out with a 50-percent-to-34-percent lead over O'Donnell, with 16 percent undecided.