President Joe Biden, the oldest person to ever serve as president of the United States, said in his first solo press conference Thursday afternoon that he expects to run for re-election in 2024, but then he declined to give a definitive answer later in the press conference when a reporter suggested he had made news with his comment.
“Have you decided whether you are going to run for re-election in 2024? You haven’t set up a re-election campaign yet, as your predecessor had by this time,” asked CBS News White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.
Biden, 78, offered a chuckle, suggesting that former President Donald Trump “needed to” promptly set up a re-election campaign, before providing a simple answer to the question: “My plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.” By the time the 2024 general election were to come around, Biden would be several weeks short of his 82nd birthday.
Moments after Biden’s remarks, however, the president hedged his comment when a different reporter suggested that he had made news by “saying you are going to run for re-election.” Biden immediately interrupted the reporter, emphasizing that he had “said that is my expectation.”
When asked if that meant he was committed to running again, Biden remarked: “Look, I don’t know where you guys come from man. I’ve never been able to travel. I’m a great respecter of fate, I’ve never been able to plan four and a half — three and a half years ahead — for certain.”
When asked, if he did decide to run, whether his 2024 running mate would be Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden said that he fully expected that Harris would join him on the ticket again. “She’s doing a great job. She’s a great partner.” The president declined to speculate about who his potential opponent could be, saying he doesn’t even think about it and has “no idea.”
“The way I view things, I’ve become a great respecter of fate in my life. I set a goal that’s in front of me to get things done, for the people I care most about, which are hard-working decent American people really having it stuck to them. I want to change the paradigm. I want to change the paradigm,” remarked Biden.
During his hour-long press conference, Biden also expressed agreement with former President Barack Obama’s contention that the Senate filibuster, which many Democrats have been rallying against in recent months, is a relic of the Jim Crow era.
As The Daily Wire reported: “Biden largely addressed his administrative priorities, announcing major new legislation on infrastructure, and pressing for support on his immigration and voter rights plans. He did not address the COVID-19 pandemic beyond suggesting that his administration was meeting and exceeding vaccination goals and did not go into specifics on jobs or the economy. He did not address the child migrant crisis along the border in great detail, other than to say it was being managed.
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