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Joe Biden Aides Discussing Possible 2016 Run With Democratic Leaders, Report Says

August 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

New York Times says vice-president’s sons urged him to run.

The dying wish of Vice-President Joe Biden’s son was reportedly that his father run for the White House in 2016, against Hillary Clinton.

Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and a US military veteran who served in Iraq, died in May of brain cancer at the age of 46. The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that after he found out he was not going to live, Beau Biden tried to make his father promise to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.

“Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralysed,” Dowd wrote. “But he had a mission: 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.”

Dowd also wrote that Biden’s other son, Hunter, “also pushed his father, telling him, ‘Dad, it’s who you are’”.

Quoting “several people who have spoken to Mr Biden or his closest advisers”,the Times subsequently reported: “Mr Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a candidate.”

Biden, a long-term US senator from Delaware, ran for president in 1988 and 2008. In the 2008 primaries he trailed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Clinton went on to serve as Obama’s first secretary of state and is now the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Clinton has come under sustained criticism from Republicans over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, as well as the September 2012 attack on a US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.

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