WASHINGTON – Despite not even entering his first term in a year, US President Joe Biden has said a factor could help convince him to run again in 2024: a rematch against his rival 2020, Donald Trump.
“It would increase the chances of running,” Biden told ABC News Wednesday.
When asked if he would run for re-election, the 79-year-old Democrat replied that he would.
“But look,” he said. “I have great respect for fate. Fate has intervened in my life many times. If I am in the health that I am now, if I am in good health, then in fact I would be running again.
What if that meant once again facing former President Trump, 75, who launched a ruthless campaign against Biden last year?
“You’re trying to tempt me now,” Biden said with a smile.
“Of course, why wouldn’t I run against Donald Trump if he was the candidate? “
Trump continues to falsely claim that his 2020 loss to Biden was due to electoral fraud and that the election was “stolen” from him.
It was under this false premise that Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as Congress certified Biden’s presidential victory.
Although Biden’s second-in-command, Kamala Harris, was once considered his potential political successor, questions arise as to his political future as rumors circulated across Washington that the relationship between the president and the vice -President is not solid.
Harris, 57, appears to be struggling to find her place in the White House, where she has been tasked with tackling particularly sensitive missions, like minority suffrage and migration issues.
Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly hinted at another possible White House campaign, but has yet to announce his plans.