President Joe Biden stopped short of declaring the start of his 2024 reelection campaign, but said during his first presidential press conference that it was his "expectation" to run again with Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate -- perhaps against former President Donald Trump, again.
Biden mostly demurred when CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins reminded him that Trump had already declared his candidacy for a second term after just a few months in the White House.
"My predecessor needed to," Biden told reporters. "My predecessor. Oh, God. I miss him.
"The answer is 'yes.' My plan is to run for reelection. That's my expectation."
In one odd moment, Biden, in an effort to show how far in the future 2024 is, questioned whether there will even be a Republican Party, much less another round of Biden versus Trump. But he did say Harris would probably still be by his side.
"I would fully expect that to be the case," Biden said. "She's doing a great job. She's a great partner, a great partner."
As for Trump, Biden had far less praise.
"I don't even think about it," Biden told Collins. "I have no idea. I have no idea whether there will be a Republican Party. Do you? I know you don't have to answer my question, but, I mean, do you?
"The way I view things, I've come to have a great respect of fate in my life. I set a goal that sits in front of me to get things done for the people I care most about, which are hard-working, decent American people who have really gotten it stuck to them. I want to change the paradigm."
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