President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would be happy if his 2024 re-election bid turned out to be a repeat of the 2020 match against Donald Trump.
In “the next election, I will be very happy if I let the same man run against me,” Biden told reporters while attending NATO and G7 summit in Brussels.
Biden rarely talks about his prospects for a second term and there was speculation that he will not participate at all. He would be 81 at the time of the election and 86 at the end of his presidency, if re-elected.
However, when asked at a press conference about the prospect of someone like Trump replacing him in two years, Biden indicated that this is exactly the scenario that motivates him to stay in office.
Trump, who lost in 2020 after just one term, has since campaigned on the lie that he won and made no secret of his desire to return to the White House.
Biden referred to the January 6 riot last year by Trump supporters who stormed Congress after the defeated president told them the election had been stolen.
Biden also referred to the incident he often cited as the reason he came out of his retirement to take part in the 2020 race in the first place – a 2017 white supremacy rally and counter-protest in Virginia where one protester was killed and Trump said there were “very good people on both sides.”
“I did not intend to run again,” said Biden. But after Trump’s remark: “I have decided I will no longer remain silent.”
Biden is waning in the polls as decades of high inflation erode his job approval and his promise to cure serious political polarization in the United States falls flat.
His Democratic party is facing an uphill battle to retain control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.
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