Biden says it’s his ‘expectation’ that he’ll run for president again


President Joe Biden answers questions Thursday during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House.
President Joe Biden answers questions Thursday during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House.
President Joe Biden said Thursday he plans to run for re-election, but demurred on whether he thought he’d be facing Donald Trump again.

“My plan is to run for re-election,” Biden said at his first news conference as president. “That’s my expectation.”

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President Joe Biden said Thursday he plans to run for re-election, but demurred on whether he thought he’d be facing Donald Trump again.

“My plan is to run for re-election,” Biden said at his first news conference as president. “That’s my expectation.”

The 78-year-old veteran politician is the oldest president ever sworn in, and would be 82 at the beginning of a second term.

Biden said he would “fully expect” Vice President Kamala Harris to join him again on the Democratic ticket, saying she’s doing a “great job.”

Biden jokingly said he missed Trump, who has teased another run for the White House. But Biden said “I have no idea” when asked if he’d compete again against the Republican.

Biden took reporters’ questions for about an hour, including on immigration, the Senate filibuster, voting rights and China policy. He also announced a new vaccination goal at the opening.

U.S. stocks mostly recovered lost ground on Thursday afternoon, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA and S&P 500 SPX climbing, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP fell.

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