President Biden tells ABC News 'yes' he'll run again, Trump rematch would 'increase the prospect'

He spoke with "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview.

ByBen Gittleson ABCNews logo
Thursday, December 23, 2021
ABC exclusive: Biden on running for re-election
President Joe Biden sat down with ABC News' David Muir for an exclusive interview and addressed the possibility of running for president again in 2024.

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir that, "yes," he planned to run again in 2024 -- and if his predecessor, Donald Trump, runs, then it would "increase the prospect" even more.

"Do you plan to run for reelection?" Muir asked Biden during a sit-down interview at the White House.

"Yes," the president replied. "But look, I'm a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many many times. If I'm in the health I'm in now -- from a good health. And, in fact, I would run again."

"And if that means a rematch against Donald Trump?" Muir asked. Trump, who served only one term, is eligible to run again in 2024.

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"You're trying to tempt me now," Biden said, laughing. "Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That'll increase the prospect of running."

Biden, at age 78, became the oldest person sworn in as president when he took office earlier this year, and questions about whether he would seek a second term have followed him throughout his presidency.

With Biden's popularity sagging, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last month that Biden did intend to run again.

Last year before the election, Biden had told Muir he "absolutely" planned on being president for eight years if elected.