Despite his poor approval ratings and age, President Joe Biden is determined to seek reelection in 2024, which is what he told his former boss, Barack Obama, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
“I believe he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Trump. I don’t think he thinks there’s anyone in the Democratic party who can beat Trump and that’s the biggest factor,” one of the two sources familiar with the Obama-Biden talks was quoted as saying.
On his campaign trail, Biden said he wanted to be a one-term president, making the way for the next generation of Democratic politicians in 2024. Vice President Kamala Harris was widely presumed to be heir apparent, though Secretary of Transport Pete Buttigieg was suggested by some observers as a viable alternative.
During his presidency, Biden apparently changed his mind on retirement from politics. He has indicated during public appearances that he would consider running for reelection. The discussion with Obama is the latest such indication, The Hill said. The publication also said it didn’t know when exactly the conversation took place.