At 78 years old, President Joe Biden is the oldest person to ever serve as president of the United States. This past Thursday in his first solo conference since taking office, President Biden stated that he expects to run for re-election in 2024. He quickly walked this back later in the press conference when pressed by a reporter that he had made news with his comment.
Nancy Cordes, CBS News White House correspondent, asked: “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.”
Biden proceeded to laugh at the question and then suggested that former President Donald Trump “needed to” quickly plan his own re-election campaign before actually answering her question. His answer was that his “plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.” If this were the case, Biden would be quickly approaching his 82nd birthday at the time of re-election.
Shortly after these remarks is when the backtracking started. The president hedged his comment when another reporter suggested that he had made a pretty large announcement by “saying you are going to run for re-election.” Biden interrupted the reporter quickly and walked his comments back by emphasizing that he had “said that is my expectation.”
When pressed again about his commitment to running again, Biden remarked with exasperation: “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 posed with the hypothetical that he did decide to run whether his running mate for the 2024 election would be Vice President Kamala HArrios, Biden said that he fully expects that Vice President Harris would join him on the ticket again. The president refused to speculate about who he thought his opponents would be, saying that he doesn’t think about it and has “no idea.”
“She’s doing a great job. She’s a great partner.”
“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,” mused Biden.
During the press conference, Biden also stated his agreement with former President Barack Obama on the Senate Filibuster. We know that many Democrats have been rallying against it recently as a relic of the Jim Crow era.