After 64 days in office, President Biden finally faced reporters in his first official solo news conference where he said it’s his “expectation” to seek re-election in 2024.
Asked if he plans to run for reelection in 2024, noting that he has yet to file his reelection campaign compare to former President Trump who set up his re-election campaign almost immediately after taking office, Biden chuckled, saying his “predecessor needed to.”
“My predecessor,” Biden continued before he deadpanned and said, “Oh, God, I miss him.”
“The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection. That is my expectation,” Biden added.
Later in the news conference, a CNN reporter asked a follow-up question, pressing the president on more details about running for a second term to which Biden admitted he still wasn’t 100% definitive.
“I said that is my expectation,” Biden snapped, adding a caveat in saying that he is “a great respecter of fate” and he doesn’t plan in advance such a big decision.
“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 said.
Biden said he “would fully expect” Vice President Kamala Harris to remain on his ticket for 2024, calling her “a great partner.”
The president scoffed when asked whether he thought he could face a rematch against Trump.
Oh, come on. I don’t even think about it. I have no idea. I have no idea whether there’ll be a Republican party. Do you? I know you don’t have to answer my question, but I mean, you know, do you?
During the 2020 campaign, Biden did not commit to seeking a second term in office, saying he was focused on saving the “soul” of America after four years of Donald Trump in the White House.
Biden became the oldest person to be sworn into office at the age of 78. If he decides to run for re-election in 2024 and win, Biden would be 82 on Jan. 20, 2025, on Inauguration Day.
Meanwhile, Trump has teased a 2024 presidential comeback during his CPAC speech and elaborated further last week as to when he would throw his name into the race. During an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump said he will make his “final decision” if the GOP does take back Congress in the 2022 midterm.
If Trump decides not to run in 2024, there is, according to the former president “a pretty deep bench” of potential GOP candidates including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Josh Hawley of Missouri.
In the 62 minutes presser, Biden fielded 10 questions, using a cue card that featured 25 reporters names, headshots, and outlets, with the ones that were called were preselected and only coming from friendly liberal mainstream media as he snubbed Fox News.
At times, the president repeatedly lost his train of thought as he went off tangent with his response, forgetting what was the question originally asked as reporters handled the president with care. Reporters refused to interrupt Biden as he continued to ramble in his response despite frequently and harshly interrupting Trump over the last four years, while acting as activists in basically pushing the president to get rid of the filibuster when inquiring numerous times about this issue.
Biden also had numerous gaffe moments, despite having typed cheat sheets featuring topics of major headline news his press team predicted he would be likely asked. The majority of the presser saw Biden frequently relying on the cheat note cards as he was seen reading word by word his response numerous times during his unprecedented delay of a press conference.
Following the news conference where Biden abruptly ended it in telling reporters, “but folks. I’m going,” and walking away, numerous Republican lawmakers ripped the president “hard to watch” hour-long event.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) tweeted a video of one of Biden’s many gaffes that occurred within ten minutes into the presser.
“So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you like to be able to, anyway,” Biden said in the video, losing his train of thought “Anyway, we’re ready to get a lot done
“Joe Biden’s plan for America,” the NRSC said in the video tweet as caption.
Cruz zeroed in on one of Biden’s responses regarding the border crisis, retweeting a video that shows the president’s failure to fulfill his transparency promise by refusing to let the media report on the surge of migrants causing overcrowded detention centers.
Biden in the video was asked by NBC reporter Kristen Walker if he would “commit to allowing journalists to have access to the facilities that are overcrowded,” to which the president refused to grant media access until after he is “in a position… to implement” his plan to correct the “actual” issue with the timeline to fix the crisis remains unknown.
“Actual transparency from Biden would be to immediately open the Donna facility to press that is at 1,556% capacity,” Cruz tweeted.
Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-FL) slammed Biden for giving a pathetic excuse to reporters in claiming such a visit from a president to the southern border would “become the issue,” reminding the president that once he moved into the White House “he’s been the issue.”
Another fellow Floridian House lawmaker, Rep. Kat Cammack shared a video of Biden joking that he miss his predecessor, saying “we all do.”
We all do. pic.twitter.com/7oCJCv7oFB
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) March 25, 2021