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Biden says he intends to run in 2024 but makes no commitment

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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.”

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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?”

MORE ON 2024: Romney: If Trumps runs in 2024, ‘I’m pretty sure he will win’ GOP nomination

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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