When Beau Biden realized that he would not survive brain cancer, he sat down with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, and urged him to wage another campaign for the White House, according to a New York Times column by Maureen Dowd published online Saturday.
Biden’s other son, Hunter, took a similar tack as his late brother, saying, “Dad, it’s who you are”, according to Dowd.
“He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values”, she wrote.
Afterward, there was speculation in the Clinton camp that Biden’s team appeared to be sounding out top fundraisers about whether Biden could raise the necessary cash to compete with the Democratic front-runner, Fox News reports.
“Hillary Clinton’s our candidate now”, he added.
Lingering concerns over Clinton’s use of private email during her time as secretary of State, her coming testimony over her role in the Benghazi attacks, as well as the large crowds pulled in by Sen. Even so, he has been weighing a potential candidacy for some time. “The 72-year-old vice president has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire”.
The paper said Steve Ricchetti, Biden’s chief of staff, began talking to supporters in the months before Beau Biden died in May at age 46.
Should Biden elect to run, it would be his third attempt at the presidency.
Hillary Clinton makes a speech on Cuban relations at Florida global University in Miami on Friday. Dowd’s source for the anecdote is not clear from the column. “Now he just has to decide if it’s who he is”.