Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, is reportedly the ultimate key to whether he'll run for president.
According to Politico
, those closest to Biden have been surprised at recent remarks showing just how much he's depending Jill Biden's view of a White House run – including the seemingly off-handed "I've got to talk to my wife about that" quip he tossed to a supporter in Pittsburgh a
t a Labor Day event.
"She's been a no," Politico reports – but also keenly aware of her husband's decades-long presidential ambition as the couple continue to grieve the loss in May of the vice president's oldest son, Beau.
"One minute he’s talking about how ridiculously he thinks [Hillary] Clinton’s handling her campaign, the next his voice is cracking, his eyes drifting off as he thinks about the death of his son," Politico reports. "Less in the public eye, Jill Biden’s just as torn up."
Insiders concede they don't know where Jill Biden stands on a run but don't believe she's made a decision yet, or is even close to that point.
"Unlike the vice president, who’s been feeling out a wide circle of advisers, political friends and potential supporters, Jill Biden’s barely talked to anyone about what she’s thinking" other than "a few preliminary conversations with staff and close advisers about what a presidential run would mean for her," Politico reports.
Insiders tell Politico the couple are "tap dancing around each other, feeling each other out."
"She has always believed that her husband would make an excellent president," Jill Biden's spokesman, James Gleeson, tells Politico. "She will continue to support the vice president in his career as he has always supported Dr. Biden in hers."
But speculation will likely ramp up Wednesday, when Jill Biden travels with President Barack Obama to Michigan to talk about his community college and workforce training agenda, Politico reports.
Jill Biden, who's teaching this semester at Northern Virginia Community College
, will speak ahead of the president at Macomb Community College.
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