Tuesday evening President Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “CNN Tonight” that while he is waiting for the midterm elections to be over before deciding whether or not he will run again in 2024, he does think that he will defeat Donald Trump in a rematch.
When Tapper asked, “The big question, of course, is when you’re going to make an official announcement for the 2024 re-election. Do you think you’ll make a decision before the end of the year?” Biden answered, “I’m not going to make this about my decision. I’m going to make this about this off-year election. After that’s done in November, then I’ll be in the process of deciding.”
Tapper then continued, “Is one of the calculations that you think you’re the only one who can beat Donald Trump?”
“I believe I can beat Donald Trump again,” Biden replied.
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Biden also tried to hit on the success he’s had in office the past two years, but his comment fell flat. “I just think there’s, you know, it’s a matter of has anybody done more in the first two years of their administration,” Biden queried. He also touched on his age, something that he would be better suited to avoid mentioning. “For a guy, they’ve been saying this is about my age since I began to run. So, you know, you can come work out with me in the morning,” Biden told Tapper.
At 79, Biden is the oldest serving president and both politicians and voters doubt his competency, mental acuity, and ability to survive this term in office, much less a second term. He would be 82 in 2024 and 86 by the time his second term would end.