President Joe Biden had his first solo press conference on Thursday. He relied on notes on who to call for questions. One of the reporters wanted feedback comparing Biden’s first hundred days with that of his predecessor, who famously started his reelection campaign almost as soon as he sat down on the Oval Office.
CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes asked “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.”
“The answer is yes,” Biden said. “My plan is to run for re-election. That’s my expectation.”
Later on, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked if Biden would still choose Vice President Kamala Harris for a running mate, and if he thought Trump would run against him.
Biden was noncommittal on Trump and the Republicans, saying “Oh, come on. I don’t even think about — I have no idea. I have no idea [if] there will be a Republican Party. Do you?”
“I know you don’t have to answer my question, but I mean, you know, do you?” Biden said. Biden commended Harris as a running mate, and reiterated that he had plans of running for reelection in 2025 with Harris as Vice President. Biden is 78 and is the oldest person to become the President of the United States. He will be 82 in 2025.