Biden 'absolutely' open to possibility of serving eight years if elected

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE said in a new interview he would “absolutely” be open to the possibility of serving two full terms in the Oval Office if elected in November.  

“I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anyone over 70 years old if they’re fit, they’re ready," Biden,  who would be the oldest president ever elected, told ABC's David Muir in an interview airing Sunday evening. "But … watch me.”

Muir mentioned the 77-year-old’s own description of himself as a “transition candidate,” and asked if that meant Biden was committing himself to a single term.


“No, it doesn’t mean that,” Biden responded.

“So you’re leaving open the possibility you’ll serve eight years?” Muir asked.

“Absolutely,” Biden responded.


The former vice president made the remarks in his first joint interview with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump Biden town hall draws 3.3 million viewers for CNN MORE (D-Calif.), whom he named his running mate earlier this month.

The Trump campaign and President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE himself have mounted frequent attacks on Biden’s age and mental acuity.

Biden’s wife Jill called the attacks “ridiculous” in an interview with NBC’s “Today” last week.

“Joe is on the phone every single minute of the day talking to governors, [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE [D-Calif.], he’s on Zoom, he’s doing fundraisers, doing briefings,” she said. “He doesn’t stop from 9 in the morning until 11 at night.”

A July Monmouth University poll indicated more Americans said they believe Biden is mentally and physically up to the presidency, at 52 percent, than said the same of Trump, at 45 percent. However, more Republicans — 72 percent — said they were confident of the president’s stamina. Less than half of Democrats — 47 percent — said the same about Biden.