The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd reports that the death of Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, has prompted the vice president to consider a run for the White House. Dowd writes that in Beau Biden’s final days, “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.” As a result, Biden is “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and is “having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.” In a separate report, the Times claimed that Biden "and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign" and begun to hit up operatives and donors who have not committed to Clinton. Several Democrats have said Biden is likely to wait until after August to decide.
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