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

Ailing Beau Biden Urged Vice President To Take On Clinton

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.

Photos of Beau Biden from throughout his life:

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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)
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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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)
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