“Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August,” writes Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico.
Dovere notes that on Aug. 1 the influential columnist Maureen Dowd of The New York Times wrote a column that painted “a tragic portrait of [Biden’s] dying son Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because ‘the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.’”
Dovere writes, in a scoop, that the source of Dowd’s story was Joe Biden himself.
Dovere continues: “It was no coincidence that the preliminary pieces around a prospective campaign started moving right after that column. People read Dowd and started reaching out, those around the vice president would say by way of defensive explanation. He was just answering the phone and listening.
“But in truth, Biden had effectively placed an ad in The New York Times, asking them to call.”
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