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.
My predecessor need do — my predecessor needed to. My predecessor,” Biden laughed.
“Oh, God, I miss him,” the president continued. “The answer is yes. 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.”
At one point, after being asked by a reporter on the border crisis, Biden said: “The idea that I’m gonna say, which I would never do, that if an accompanied child ends up at the border we’re just gonna let him starve to death and stay on the other side — no previous administration did that either, except Trump. I’m not gonna do it.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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