President Joe Biden says he expects to run for reelection in 2024 and says he “misses” Donald Trump during his first press conference as president.
When asked why he hadn’t announced a re-election run, when Donald Trump had at the same stage of his first term as president he said: “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.”
Speaking to reporters on Thursday Biden added: “I’ve never been able to plan three and a half four and a half years in the future. I’m a great respecter of fate.”
Biden went on to say he would launch a second presidential campaign alongside current Vice President Kamala Harris, adding: “She’s doing a great job.”
According to a Politico article in November 2019 the 46th president had himself signaled to aides that he would serve only a single term as a second term in 2024 would result in the first octogenarian president, should he win.
“If Biden is elected he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,” a prominent adviser to Biden’s campaign, who didn’t want to be named, told Politico at the time.
When asked about why he hasn’t officially launched a reelection campaign when his predecessor Trump had already filed paperwork to run for a second term shortly after his 2016 win Biden said: “My predecessor needed to. God I miss him.
“The answer is yes, my plan is to run for re-election.”
When asked if he believed he’d be up against Trump again, Biden said: “Oh come on, that’s not going to happen. I don’t even think about, I have no idea. I have no idea whether there’ll be a Republican Party.”
It was the first time Biden has publicly addressed questions on whether he will make another run for the White House. He took office in January as the oldest president at the time of his first inauguration.
‘I may even decide to beat them’
Trump teased supporters that he may “beat” Biden in 2024 at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the beginning of March.
“I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” he told his fans, as per DW.com, hinting that he might indeed run for a second term in 2024. The “third” time was a reference to his first election win in 2016 and the false claim that he won in 2020.
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