Joe Biden says he isn't sure he'd still be running for president if Trump wasn't running too

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  • Joe Biden said he might not have run for reelection if Donald Trump wasn't seeking the presidency.

  • "If Trump wasn't running, I'm not sure I'd be running," Biden said.

  • But he walked back the remarks later, saying he'd still run even if Trump dropped out of the race.

For President Joe Biden, running for reelection is all about preventing Donald Trump's return to the White House.

"If Trump wasn't running, I'm not sure I'd be running. But we cannot let him win," Biden said at a fundraising event in Boston on Tuesday.

Positioning himself as the anti-Trump was a key focal point of Biden's campaign back in the 2020 election, and might bolster his chances in the 2024 election.

"But the next election, I'd be very fortunate if I had that same man running against me," Biden said of Trump at a press conference in March 2022.

That said, Biden was quick to confirm how serious he is about staying in the race when reporters at the White House asked him if he would continue to run if Trump, for some reason, were to drop out.

"I expect so, but look, he is running, and I have to run," Biden replied.

Trump is currently the frontrunner for the GOP primaries, trouncing rivals Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, per recent polls. He is also proving to be a formidable foe for Biden, polling closely against Biden.

Trump brushed aside Biden's remarks when asked about it at a Fox News town hall on Tuesday.

"I think somebody gave him a talking point, they thought that would sound good," the former president said.

Representatives for Biden and Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider sent outside regular business hours.

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