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Biden's son undergoing treatment at hospital

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    The Delaware attorney general is awake and alert

    [​IMG]Beau Biden, seen at right in 2007, had considered running for the Senate seat his father held before becoming vice president, but ultimately decided against it.

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son was hospitalized Tuesday, the White House said, but it did not say why. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, 41, was admitted to Christiana Hospital on Tuesday morning.
    "He is alert and speaking with his family and his doctors," said his spokesman, Jason Miller. Miller did not provide any details on the attorney general's condition but said he had been in the office Monday for meetings.
    Hospital spokesman Bill Schmitt referred questions to the vice president's office. A state trooper was stationed at the main entrance of the hospital and several black sport utility vehicles and men in suits with earpieces were nearby.
    "Beau Biden is a great leader with a great family, and I'm glad they're with him right now," said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, who referred questions about Biden's condition to his family.
    Biden, 41, had considered running for the Senate seat his father held before becoming vice president, but decided against it.

    In 2009, the younger Biden returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq with his Army National Guard unit. He was a captain and military lawyer in the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade.

    The vice president traveled to Delaware on Monday afternoon for a previously scheduled trip. He did a round of morning show interviews from Wilmington Tuesday morning, and was supposed to return to Washington later in the day for his weekly lunch with President Barack Obama and a series of meetings on Afghanistan.

    The White House did not respond to questions about whether the vice president would still attend.

    Dr. Jill Biden's scheduled tour of a women's health facility in Washington Tuesday afternoon was postponed.

    Beau Biden was scheduled to deliver a speech Tuesday night at the University of Delaware, but that was canceled too.

    Beau Biden announced in January that he would not run for Senate. The decision left the seat his father held for 36 years vulnerable.

    The elder Biden was away from that seat for seven months in 1988 after undergoing surgery for brain aneurysms.

    Beau Biden, who is married with two young children, has worked as an attorney in private practice. He also worked for the Justice Department between 1995 and 1997 and as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1997 to 2002.