Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid offer condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and his family after the death of Biden's son, Beau. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Harry Reid offered their condolences on Sunday (May 31) to Vice President Joe Biden -- who is also president of the U.S. Senate -- and his family after the death of Biden's son, Beau. Beau Biden, 46, who served eight years as attorney general of Delaware, died on Saturday (May 30) after a recurrence of brain cancer. "Beau Biden was known to many as a dedicated public servant, a loving father of two and a devoted partner to the woman he loved, Hallie," said McConnell. "The Senate offers its presiding officer and every member of his family our prayers and our sympathy," . "Beau left us far too soon, 46 years old, but I'm certain his family will take solace knowing he lived a selfless, noble life. And for my friend Joe Biden, who I served in Congress with for so many, many years, I extend my deepest thoughts and condolences to you, Joe," said Reid. Beau Biden had a mild stroke in 2010 and was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013. After surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, he was given a clean bill of health but the cancer returned in the spring of 2015. Biden, who served a year-long tour in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, had announced last year he planned to run for governor of Delaware in 2016. As a boy, Beau and his brother survived a 1972 car accident that killed their mother and sister shortly after Joe had been elected to the Senate.