Joe Biden leaked dying son's 2016 wish to NY Times' Maureen Dowd

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As Vice President Joe Biden continues deliberating over a 2016 run, how the speculation about his potential candidacy came to the forefront on Monday.

According to Politico, Maureen Dowd's August column for the New York Times, which broke news that Biden's son Beau had requested his father to run in 2016 from his deathbed, had Biden as the main source.

She wrote, "Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. 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, a longtime Clinton adversary, opened the floodgates for the ongoing will-he-or-won't he run speculation that's swirled around the Vice President.

The Politico piece also reported Biden floated the idea of tagging Senator Elizabeth Warren as his running mate during recent lunch between the two.

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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, embraces his son Beau on stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. A spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice says Beau Biden, that state's attorney general, has been hospitalized after becoming weak and disoriented after a drive for a family vacation. Agency spokesman Jason Miller said late Monday that Biden, the vice president's son, is currently undergoing testing in Houston to investigate the cause of his symptoms. Vice President Biden accompanied his son to Houston. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Capt. Beau Biden kisses his son Hunter, 3, after an official welcome home ceremony for members of the Delaware Army National Guard 261st Signal Brigade, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in Dover, Del. Biden, the son of Vice president Joe Biden, is also the Attorney General of Delaware. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Democrat Beau Biden, who was elected state attorney general, is joined by his parents, Jill Biden and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., during his victory celebration in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Pat Crowe II)
Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden points towards the delegates before his nominates his father during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa claps in the background. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden nominates his father for the Office of Vice Presdient of the United States during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Attorney General of Delaware and Son of Vice President Joe Biden Beau Biden waves at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). US President Barack Obama is expected to accept the nomination from the DNC to run for a second term as president. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06: Attorney General of Delaware Beau Biden gestures on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden speaks during the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition conference on Spetember 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs and national security and foreign policy experts who support a smart approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a safer world. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, left, next to Biden's wife Hallie Biden, far left, and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell as he arrives at New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del., Thursday, July 17, 2014, en route to Wilmington where he is expected to visit the site of the damaged I-495 bridge in Wilmington to speak about transportation and infrastructure. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Beau Biden talks with President Barack Obama on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after his father, Vice President Joe Biden, rear, took his ceremonial oath during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)
Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, right, listens as Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Vice President Joe Biden's son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden passes water to people in the crowd as his father shakes hands at the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Day Rally, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Vice President Joe Biden arrives with his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and his grandson Hunter Biden, 6, at the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Day Rally, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Vice President Joe Biden and his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden places and order at Kroll's West Restaurant, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden attends the AOL Huffington Post Game Changers Awards at Skylight Soho on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Vice President Joe Biden arrives with his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and his grandson Hunter Biden, 6, at the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Day Rally, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden responds to a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Dover, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. When asked about his long-range plans, specifically about whether he is eyeing the U.S. Senate seat long held by his father, the eldest son of vice president Joe Biden remains coy. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Delaware Democratic Congressional candidate John Carney, left, and Attorney General candidate Beau Biden, center, talk with Steve High, right, before the start of a news conference, Friday Oct. 29, 2010, in Newark, Del. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, right, talks with Col. Robert Coupe at a Delaware State Police Promotion Ceremony in Dover, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. When asked about his long-range plans, specifically about whether he is eyeing the U.S. Senate seat long held by his father, the eldest son of vice president Joe Biden remains coy. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
FILE - In a Dec. 23, 2009 photo, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden holds a press conference at the Department of Justice in Georgetown, Del. Biden, 41, left Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia Tuesday, May 17, 2010, week after what doctors said was a mild stroke. He was accompanied by his father-in-law and carrying his 4-year-old son, Hunter. (AP Photo/Chuck Snyder, File)
President Barack Obama, center and Beau Biden, Attorney of Deleware, right, watch as his father Joe Biden is sworn in at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Vice President Joe Biden arrives with his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and his grandson Hunter Biden, 6, at the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Labor Day Rally, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, right, greets Beau Biden, Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden responds to a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Dover, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. When asked about his long-range plans, specifically about whether he is eyeing the U.S. Senate seat long held by his father, the eldest son of vice president Joe Biden remains coy. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
** ADVANCE FOR OCT. 7-8 ** Democratic candidate for Attorney General Beau Biden at his office in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 29, 2006 (AP Photo/Pat Crowe II)
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., front, is seen with his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. In a statement Tuesday, May 11, 2010, the White House says Vice President Joe Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, is being treated at a Delaware hospital. The White House says Biden is awake and alert and communicating with his parents and wife, who are with him, but provided no information on Biden's symptoms or possible illness. He is hospitalized at Christiana Hospital in Newark. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, left, applauds as Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, right, is introduced during Return Day, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, in Georgetown, Del. Political candidates from across Delaware are gathering to make amends after this year's campaigns and symbolically bury the hatchet. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden responds to a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Dover, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. When asked about his long-range plans, specifically about whether he is eyeing the U.S. Senate seat long held by his father, the eldest son of vice president Joe Biden remains coy. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
WILMINGTON, DE - OCTOBER 29: U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (L) and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden talk after campaigning for Delaware Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 475 October 29, 2010 in Newark, Delaware. Coons is polling in double digits ahead of his opponent Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell going into the last four days of campaigning before Tuesday's midterm elections. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Biden will reportedly decide whether to run for president in the next two weeks. The uncertainty continues to feed the TV news fodder machine well.

Maureen Dowd didn't immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Champions of Change Law Enforcement and Youth meeting, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. CNN said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, it will allow Biden to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate even if he decides that day to be a candidate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Solar Power International Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Taking aim at his potential political opponents, Biden railed against Republicans who "deny climate change" and want to shut down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood, and pleaded with them to "just get out of the way." (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Stephen talks with Vice President Joe Biden, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Thursday Sept 10, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
In this Sept. 10, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a labor rally in New York. In one minute, Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run _ a man still reeling from personal tragedy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Sept. 7, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden, center, greets some of the crowd as he walks in the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. In one minute, Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run _ a man still reeling from personal tragedy. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this Sept. 7, 2015, photo, a crowd gathers, many wearing union shirts, in front of Vice President Joe Biden as he speaks before joining in the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. Hearing chants of "run Joe, run," Biden marched in Pittsburgh's annual Labor Day parade on Monday as speculation swirled about a potential late entry into the Democratic presidential campaign. In one minute, Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run _ a man still reeling from personal tragedy. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Vice President Joe Biden puts on a United Steelworkers hat before he spoke to a crowd before he joined in the annual Labor Day parade on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this Sept. 10, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in New York. In one minute, Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run _ a man still reeling from personal tragedy. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
In this Sept. 4, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden, right, stands in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Washington. In one minute, Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run _ a man still reeling from personal tragedy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Vice President Joe Biden discusses the Iran nuclear deal with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Fla. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Biden sought to allay concerns of South Florida Jewish leaders who fear Iran won too many concessions in the agreement, which seeks to curb the country's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Although Biden is considering whether to enter the presidential race, he skipped this week’s Democratic National Committee summer meeting. Doing so created an opening for front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton to consolidate her party’s support. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this May 26, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden listens to remarks to the media during a meeting between President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Although Biden has yet to make a decision on a run for the presidency, his advisers say the discussions taking form in the last several weeks are serious enough that the vice president and his associates have started gaming out mechanics like fundraising, ballot deadlines and an early primary state strategy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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