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Book Calls into Question Story Public Was Told about 2010 Biden Stroke


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A recently-released book about the 2012 presidential election is casting doubt on the popularly-accepted version of a major Delaware-centered political event.

The book is called Double Down: Game Change 2012. It's authors are two long-time, respected national political analysts. Most of the stories in it could be of interest to people across America. But one very small part of the almost-500-page book is of particular interest to people in Delaware.

It's on page 73 in a section about the relationship between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The section starts: "Then there was beau's stroke, which drew Biden and Obama closer than before." That's a reference to a stroke Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden suffered in 2010.

The public was well-aware that Beau, the vice president's son, had a stroke. Reports at the time had his doctors calling it "mild."

The book continues: "The stroke was publicly described as minor but in fact was life-threatening. There were initial questions about how full his recovery would be. (He suffered partial paralysis for months.)"

All of that stands in stark contrast to the information the media and the public got in 2010. Hearing that concerned people WBOC spoke with in Dover.

"If he is going to be our attorney General," said Dustin Wolford, of Dover. "He needs to tell the truth about his injuries."

"All of our government officials," Robert Starrett, of Dover, said. "Especially at the highest level should be transparent and allow the public to know what is true and what is not."

WBOC talked with Attorney General Biden's office about the passage. Spokesman Jason Miller said flatly: "The book is wrong."

He pointed to video from a week after Beau had his stroke that shows the attorney general very normally walking out of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. And there's a WBOC story from five weeks later that also appears to also show Beau doing well.

WBOC reached out to - but has not heard from - the publisher of Double Down, Penguin Press, to see if its authors had any response to the evidence provided by the attorney general's office.

Beau had a health scare just a few months ago, as well. He underwent a procedure at a cancer center in Texas in August. This was after Beau felt weak and disoriented following a drive to Indiana for a family vacation. His office says by the first week of September he was back behind his desk.

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