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At DNC, Biden's grandkids say they told him to run, 'wouldn't take no for an answer'

The kids of Hunter and Beau Biden supported their grandfather's campaign at the Democratic National Convention.
/ Source: TODAY

Joe Biden's campaign for president of the United States is a family affair.

Four of the former vice president's grandkids came together for a promotional video on the final night of the convention. The clip featured his granddaughters, Maisy, Finnegan, Naomi and Natalie. Naomi, Maisy and Finnegan are the children of his Biden's second-oldest son, Hunter. Natalie is the daughter of Beau Biden, the oldest Biden child, who died of brain cancer in 2015.

In the video, they were asked what's little-known about their grandfather.

"He's always eating ice cream, usually vanilla," they responded adding that he hides it from his wife, Jill Biden. Asked how often he calls, the unanimous response was, "Like, every day."

"If we don't talk to him for like a day, he'll ask what's wrong," they joked. "He always calls with the same energy even after he's just done 15 interviews in a row."

They also shared that Biden was initially worried about how the election would impact them, but they ultimately pushed him to run. "We were like, 'Hurry up, get in that race.'"

"We just knew that he had to run. We weren't going to take no as an answer," they added.

Biden's granddaughters, along with grandson Robert Biden II, who goes by Hunter, also appeared at the beginning of the first night of the DNC on Monday. They led viewers in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by children from across the country singing the national anthem.

Earlier in the pandemic, Biden shared how he kept up with his grandchildren during quarantine.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrive with family for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for their son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015, in Wilmington, Delaware.Mark Makela/Getty Images

"Every day I'm in contact with every one of my grandkids, my son and my daughter, but by distance,'' he told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. "As a matter of fact, my son Beau's children live a mile away as the crow flies ... They walk over through the woods and through a neighborhood, and they sit out in the backyard in two chairs, and I sit up in the porch, and we have our conversations because I'm not allowed to go hug them. I miss it."

Biden also has a daughter, Ashley Biden. In 1972, his first wife, Neilia Hunter, and his 1-year-old daughter Naomi died in a car crash.

Correction (August 18, 2020, 9:16 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Beau Biden was Joe Biden's second-oldest son. He was Joe Biden's oldest son.