President Joe Biden made a stunning announcement at his first press conference after 64 days in office: He wants to run for re-election in 2024. WATCH:
NEW: Joe Biden announces he is running for re-election in 2024. pic.twitter.com/btLQKgpYzB
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 25, 2021
“Have you decided whether you are going to run for re-election in 2024?” Nancy Cordes of CBS News asked. “You haven’t set up an election campaign yet as your predecessor had by this time.”
“My predecessor,” Biden said with an awkward laugh. “Needed to. My predecessor. Oh God, I miss him.”
It was not clear why Biden thought there was something funny about Donald Trump planning to run for re-election.
“The answer is yes,” he then said abruptly. “My plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.”
Biden’s announcement was met with widespread amazement on Twitter.
Joe Biden just announced that he plans to run for re-election in 2024
If elected, he would be 82 years old at the time of inauguration.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 25, 2021
Biden says he can’t plan two or three years out, which is why he only *expects* he will run for re-election.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 25, 2021
Biden says that it is his “expectation” that he will run for re-election.
Biden says that it is his "expectation" that he will run for re-election.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) March 25, 2021
“I don’t think there’s any reason to say that he won’t,” a long-time Biden adviser said when asked if he would run for re-election.
“So we all assume that he is,” another said when asked about the president running again, “contrary to this sentiment that he’ll be a one-term president because of his own volition.”
“Biden should definitely be preparing to run again,” Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said. “It’s easier to stop the train than start it late, and a lame-duck president won’t get many things passed.”
It is unclear why some many strategists and advisers want Biden to run again for re-election. He is not even showing up on a regular basis to the presidency he has now.
This is breaking news. It will be updated as more information is forthcoming.