In an interview on Sunday President Biden admitted that the concerns over his age expressed by voters had a “legitimate” base. However, he argued that instead of focusing on his age, voters should instead focus on his energy and his passion for making the country better.
In the interview with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Biden said that concerns over anyone’s age are completely legitimate. But he also argued that things could always happen that would result in a life-ending, this is why it is more important for voters to focus on his energy and what he can do. He also advised that voters should ask whether Biden has the same passion for what he is doing that he previously did. As Biden said he believes he has the same passion and energy and that’s why he will continue to do his best at his job.
Biden took office at age 78, making him the oldest President to ever take office. He is not going to be turning 80 on Nov. 20th. As he told Capehart jokingly he was not even able to say it yet.
In another question regarding his age, Biden argued that he has been able to keep up not just with his schedule, but also with traveling both domestically and internationally as part of his duties.
Republicans have been regularly attacking President Biden over his age, ever since he announced that he would be a candidate in the 2020 election. Many have also questioned his mental fitness for the job. They have also been pointing at Biden’s occasional gaffes as proof that he has been losing his mental clarity and might be too old for the job.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 56 percent of Democrats are hoping that there will be a different Democratic nominee in 2024, while 35 percent want Biden to seek reelection.
President Biden has not yet made an official announcement regarding the 2024 election.