Delaware gets sweet seats for acceptance address

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel MORE and the rest of the Delaware delegation had a choice viewing spot for Thursday’s proceedings.

But, as Coons was quick to point out, it wasn’t always that way.

With Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDelaware lawmakers unanimously pass new gun control bill named for Beau Biden The Hill's 12:30 Report Biden to decide on White House run at end of year MORE hailing from Delaware, the state’s delegates got front-row seats both to the vice president’s speech and President Obama’s acceptance address.

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But Coons told The Hill that, when he was a delegate in 1988 and 1996, Delaware's seats were much farther back. “Way up there,” he said from the convention floor, waving to the cheap seats.

Still, the first-term senator also refused to take the bait when asked if he could get used to that sort of arrangement.

Biden, though he turns 74 in 2016, has yet to rule out making a third bid for the White House in 2016. And should Delaware’s favorite son capture the nomination, his state’s delegates would again get prime seating.

“What, you think I’m new?” Coons said with a shrug.