Former President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he would “probably” have to run for the nation’s highest office again in 2024, setting up a potential rematch with President Joe Biden, according to an Axios report.
“I ran twice. I won twice. I did much better the second time than I did before,” Trump told his supporters at a rally in Robstown, Texas, adding that he was able to garner “millions more votes in 2020 than 2016” and “more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far.”
“And now in order to make our country successful, safe, and glorious again, I will probably have to do it again,” he continued.
Meanwhile, per CNN, Biden told MSNBC in an interview on Friday at Delaware State University in Dover that while he has not made a formal decision about running for the White House in 2024, it is his “intention” to do so, and that he has time to make that decision.
“The reason I’m not making a judgment about formally running or not running, once I make that judgment, a whole series of regulations kick in and I have to be—I treat myself as a candidate from that moment on,” the president said.
Biden, who at seventy-nine is the oldest president in U.S. history, noted that first lady Dr. Jill Biden believes that the work they are doing is “very important.”
“Dr. Biden thinks that—my wife—thinks that I—that we’re—that we’re doing something very important, and that I shouldn’t walk away from it,” he said.
According to the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll released last Monday, Trump currently holds a two-point lead over Biden in a hypothetical 2024 presidential contest. Forty-five percent of respondents say they support the former president for a second term, compared to 43 percent who plan to back Biden.
Last week, a New York Times-Siena College poll showed that Trump leads Biden by one percentage point, 45 percent to 44 percent, in a 2024 rematch. Last month, a Yahoo News-YouGov poll had Biden ahead of Trump by six points.
If Biden decides against running again, a recent Morning Consult-Politico poll revealed that Vice President Kamala Harris is in the strongest early position for the party’s nomination. Twenty-eight percent of Democratic respondents said they will vote for Harris in a hypothetical Democratic presidential primary without Biden on the ballot. Next on the list was Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at 13 percent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at 8 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 7 percent, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom at 6 percent.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.