Though just over sixty days into his administration, President Joe Biden has announced his plans to run for re-election in 2024 during his first press conference since taking over office. Already the oldest President in American history, Biden would be on the campaign trail for re-election at the ripe age of 81 years old, only weeks short of his 82nd birthday.
“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.
After quipping that Trump “needed to” set up a re-election campaign, Biden asserted, “My plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.”
When asked to clarify how committed he was by another reporter, he said, “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.”
Biden also confirmed Vice President Kamala Harris would re-join him on his ticket, saying “she’s doing a great job. She’s a great partner,” though he has “no idea”who his potential opponent could be.
Despite his expectation to run for re-election, a 2024 Biden-Harris ticket likely could resemble a Harris-Biden ticket as Biden continues to delegate Presidential responsibilities to his Vice President. Having taken multiple calls with foreign leaders already, Harris has recently been tasked with addressing the crisis at the southern border, with Biden announcing she “agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept [returning migrants] and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.”
On the Republican side, 2024 will potentially be even more crowded than the 2016 class. Numerous governors, Senators, and possibly even the former President Trump himself seek to usher in the next wave of Trump-inspired conservatism through the Presidency and hope to reverse the utter failure of the Biden administration.