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Washington — The wife of Vice President Joe Biden is returning to Michigan next week as her husband considers whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

Dr. Jill Biden — who accompanied President Barack Obama on a trip to Macomb County in September — will speak next Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cobo Center in Detroit at the National Federation of Democratic Women Midwest Regional Conference and Issues Conference, the vice president’s office confirmed Friday.

Dr. Biden is listed on a website as having been invited as the luncheon speaker of the event hosted by the Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus.

In September, Obama and Biden, a community college professor, urged the nation to boost investments or federal spending in community colleges and apprenticeships — as incomes lag and many blue-collar workers struggle.

Vice President Biden — who made a separate trip to Detroit last month --— is considering whether to run for president. President Barack Obama on Friday declined to comment on whether Biden should run.

Most prominent Michigan Democrats — including the state’s two U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township — have endorsed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

But Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a Detroit News interview last week he won’t make a decision until Biden decides whether to run. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, also hasn’t made an endorsement, but has said she hopes she isn’t forced to decide between Biden and Clinton.

Jill Biden, who graded papers on the Air Force One trip to Michigan in September, said community college has been a priority for the administration.

“From Day One, we have made education a priority — from investing in early childhood education to ensuring that more students graduate high school, to making college more affordable. But we’re not stopping there,” she said in Warren in September. Community colleges “have the flexibility to adapt and meet students’ needs. If we want all Americans to succeed in the 21st century, we need to make sure that all students of all ages have the best education possible.”

dshepardson@detroitnews.com

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