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Politico: Joe Biden Still Undecided About White House Run

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 05:13 PM

Vice President Joe Biden is still very much undecided about whether he will run for the White House in 2016, Politico is reporting.

Biden is faced with one of the most important decisions of his life at one of the hardest times of his life, writes Politico's Glenn Thrush.

Those who are close to the vice president say that the loss of his son Beau, who died of brain cancer a few months ago, has taken a major toll on his typical jovial spirit.

"He’s just not himself,” a longtime friend of Biden told Politico. "He’s sort of all over the place. He’s engaged but not in that childlike, manic way he usually is. He’s taking it all in and soaking up information, but he’s hard to read. And Joe Biden isn’t usually that hard to read."

However, Thrush says that it doesn't mean that Biden won't ultimately run.

He can see that there is an opportunity in light of the fact that Hillary Clinton is struggling "with her email scandal … and no politician in recent history has proven to be as resilient in the face of personal tragedy."

That being said, Thrush also says that it's not true that Biden has made up his mind.

Politico interviewed six different people close to the vice president, and they say that he is still very undecided.

"He's not leaning one way or the other," a former aide said.

Another major factor is his wife, Jill, who is reportedly struggling after Beau's death. And while Biden's son urged him to run before he died, Jill is more skeptical.

Those close to Biden say that his decision will ultimately come down to his family being on board.

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