Clintons to attend Beau Biden funeral

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Hillary and Bill Clinton will join the President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries at the funeral mass Saturday for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden and former attorney general of Delaware, spokespeople for both tell msnbc.

Beau Biden died last Saturday after after battling brain cancer. He was 46. He served in Iraq while attorney general as a lawyer for the Delaware Army National Guard, and was a leading potential candidate for governor.

President Obama will deliver the eulogy Saturday in Wilmington, Delaware, and is expected to be accompanied by the first lady and many other dignitaries. In a statement on the night Biden died, Obama said, “Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts.”

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Both Clintons expressed their condolences for Biden last week as well.

“My heart is broken for the family of Beau Biden-a wonderful man who served his country with devotion and lived his life with courage,” Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday. Bill Clinton added in a statement that Biden was “a son to be proud of, a brother to cherish, a husband and father to love and be grateful for.”

On Thursday, more than 1,000 mourners gathered for a memorial service at the Delaware State House in Dover.

On Friday, there was a public viewing in St. Anthony’s Catholic church in Wilmington, where the funeral will be held. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew attended, along with Delaware Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, who now holds the seat once occupied by the senior Biden.

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Clintons to attend Beau Biden funeral

Updated