President Joe Biden told reporters on Thursday his “expectation” is to make a reelection bid in 2024, but he did not set any election plans in stone.
“The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection,” he said during his first formal press conference as commander-in-chief. “That’s my expectation.”
By this time in office for former President Donald Trump, he had already set up a reelection committee. Biden laughed off this comparison a reporter made between the two.
“My predecessor needed to. […] Oh God, I miss him,” he joked.
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Although, Biden fended off follow-up questions about whether his remarks represented a formal pledge to run in 2024.
“Look, I don’t know where you guys come from, man. […] I’m a great respecter of fate,” he said. “I’ve never been able to plan three and a half, four years ahead, for certain.”
At 78 years old, Biden is not only the oldest person to be sworn in as commander-in-chief, but he is also the oldest occupant of the Oval Office—ever. The previous record-holder for oldest president was Ronald Reagan, who—when he departed the White House in 1989—was 78 days younger than Biden was on Inauguration Day 2021.
If he runs for reelection and wins, Biden would be 82 years old at his second inauguration.
Moreover, assuming Biden does indeed run again, 2024 could very well see a rematch between him and Trump. The former president has left the door open for bid to retake the White House.
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Polls have regularly indicated that if Trump were to enter the race, a majority of GOP voters would support him in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries, with him trouncing the nearest runner-ups by a longshot.
If Trump were to win reelection, he would be 78 when sworn in a second time.
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Although, if Biden does not run for reelection, many have suggested that Vice President Kamala Harris should be his heir apparent.
At Thursday’s press conference, Biden said he would expect Harris to be on his ticket if he ran again. However, he deflected questions about whether he would square up against his predecessor in the next election.
“I have no idea if there will be a Republican Party,” he said. “Do you?”
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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections
The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections
New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.
“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.
“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.
Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”
The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.
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