After delivering a speech at the White House to the nation's tribal leaders, Joe Biden eluded to a possible disinterest in running for re-election in 2024.
As Biden concluded his speech, a man exclaimed, "four more years!" Biden told the man and the audience that he didn't know about that.
Crowd member: "Four more years!"
Biden: "I don't know about that."pic.twitter.com/4YiONHEsjM
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 30, 2022
The suggestion of uncertainty contradicts the statements made by the White House regarding his possible intentions.
In June, White House press secretary, Jean-Pierre, stated that the president was still planning on running for re-election. According to Fox News, she had a firm statement regarding the president's intentions.
Although Biden has been open about his willingness to run for re-election, he has been reluctant to make an official announcement.
In September, during an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS' "60 Minutes," Biden reiterated his intention to run for re-election. However, he also stated that it was still up to him whether or not he would run.
During a post-election news conference, the president stated that he would make a decision regarding his re-election plans early next year.
Despite the results of the election, Biden stated that his intention was to run for re-election. According to the Financial Times, he reiterated his commitment to running for office regardless of the outcome of the election.
If he were to be re-elected, Biden would become the oldest president to be re-elected for a four-year term. He would also be 82 on the day he is sworn in for a second term.
Biden would also become the oldest president to finish a four-year term. He would be 86 years old at the end of a possible second term in office.
Before Biden became president, Ronald Reagan was the oldest president to leave the White House. He left office at the age of 77.
Donald Trump left office at the age of 74. Should Biden decline to run for another term, the presidential nomination of the Democrats would be up for grabs.
In November, California Governor Gavin Newsom stated that he did not intend to challenge Biden in next year's Democratic primary. However, it's possible that he would change his plans if Biden decides to retire from the presidential stage.