US President Joe Biden says he will likely seek reelection in 2024.
Addressing a news conference in New York on Thursday, Mr. Biden however left open the possibility of stepping aside after one term.
“My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” the seventy-eight-year-old Democrat told the reporters in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, the first of his presidency.
He later pushed back against the suggestion that his 2024 plans were definite.
“I said, ‘That is my expectation,’” Biden said. “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.”
Traditionally, a first-term president runs for reelection. Former Republican President Donald Trump, for example, announced his plans to seek reelection on his first day in office.
However, questions about Mr. Biden’s 2024 intentions have swirled since even before his November victory, due to his age. At seventy-eight, Mr. Biden is the oldest person to assume the presidency.
Analysts say given he’s been in office for only two months, his 2024 plans have a direct effect on his political strength. Mr. Biden, if considered a one-term president, would effectively be a lame duck with diminished sway at home and abroad, they say.
During Thursday’s session with reporters, the former Delaware senator sought to create the impression he was not a lame duck, though he avoided making any definite promises.
Should he run again, the president hinted he “would fully expect” to choose Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again. “She’s doing a great job.
She’s a great partner,” he said.
In the opposition Republican Party, several presidential prospects are already positioning themselves ahead of the GOP’s 2024 nomination battle.
On Friday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to deliver an address in Iowa, which traditionally holds the nation’s first presidential primary contest.
Mr. Pompeo’s ex-boss, former President Donald Trump recently teased another run after losing to Mr. Biden in November. Analysts have however pointed out that Mr. Trump would himself be seventy-eight at the beginning of the next president’s term.
Asked if he expected Mr. Trump to run on the Republican side in four years, Mr. Biden seemed to suggest that the former president would not be a part of the party by then.
“I don’t even think about it. I have no idea,” he said.
If Mr. Biden does run in 2024, he will almost certainly become the sole Democratic Party flag-bearer. Should he decide not to run, Vice-president Harris, the country’s first woman VP, will be expected to be the party’s front-runner, although her office has consistently said she’s not concerned with such issues.