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Dec. 19, 2019, 11:00 p.m. EST

Joe Biden won’t promise he’ll seek a second presidential term: ‘I’m not even elected to one term yet’

A report earlier this month said the 77-year-old politician had been quietly signaling he’d only serve a single term

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By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch


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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Thursday night during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden refused to make promises at Thursday night’s debate about seeking a second term if his White House run is successful.

“No, I’m not willing to commit one way or another,” the 77-year-old former vice president said after a moderator asked him about making a pledge to run for a second term.

Biden went on to say the following:

‘I’m not even elected to one term yet, and let’s see where we are. Let’s see what happens.’

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden

His response at the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles comes after a Politico report earlier this month said Biden has been quietly signaling that he almost definitely won’t seek a second term.

See: Biden is quietly signaling he would be president for just a single term, report says

The report quoted unnamed advisers to the ex-veep who talked about serving just one term, including one adviser who said: “This makes Biden a good transition figure. 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.”

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The report also said Biden wasn’t pledging publicly that he’ll be a one-term president as he and his advisers fear that could turn him into a lame duck and cut into his political capital. Biden would be 82 on 2024’s Inauguration Day.

Victor Reklaitis is MarketWatch's Money & Politics reporter and is based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @VicRek.

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