Report: ‘Virtually Inconceivable’ Biden Would Serve Two Terms if Elected

Advisors to Joe Biden, currently the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, say it is “virtually inconceivable” that the 77-year-old former vice president would seek a second term in 2024 if he defeats President Donald Trump in 2020.

Politico, citing four sources close to Biden, reported Wednesday that the only open question is whether the candidate will make a public pledge not to serve more than one term.

“If Biden is elected,” one campaign advisor told Politico, “he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”

The fear among his advisors is that by publicly declaring himself a one-termer, Biden is immediately a lame duck president with little political capital in the event he wins. On the other hand, his campaign is eager to assuage younger voters and those skeptical of his age and make it clear that he is merely a transitional figure for a post-Trump era.

“This makes Biden a good transition figure,” one adviser told Politico. “I’d love to have an election this year for the next generation of leaders, but if I have to wait four years [in order to] to get rid of Trump, I’m willing to do it.”

Early in the race, Biden was unequivocal on the issue, flatly declaring that he would not commit to serving just one term. More recently, however, his language on the issue seems to have softened.

In an October interview with the Associated Press, however, Biden refused to promise that he would serve only one term but added that he “wasn’t necessarily committed to seeking a second term if elected in 2020.”