President Biden admits it’s ‘completely legitimate’ to question his age and health
President Biden admitted in an interview on Sunday that it was “totally legitimate” to be concerned about his age and health.
During his appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” host Jonathan Capehart asked the president about growing doubts among his supporters, such as his aunt Gloria, about whether he should run again in 2024. Although Biden suggested Capehart’s aunt should “take a look” if she’s nervous, he called the concerns “totally legitimate.”
“I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about someone’s age, including my own. It’s completely legitimate. But I think the best way to pass judgment is to, you know, look at me. Am I slowing down? Am I – don’t you have the same pace?” Biden said.
He also added that there could very well be issues that prevent him from running again in 2024, although he considers them unlikely.
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“It could be, I’m a big respect to fate. I could catch a disease tomorrow, drop dead tomorrow. In terms of energy level, in terms of what I’m able to do, I think people should watch and see, does he still have the same passion for what he does? If they think I do, then that’s fine. If not, they should vote me down,” he said.
Biden added: “But Jonathan, knock on wood right now, I don’t want to jinx it. I’m in good health. Everything about me physically is still working well, and mentally as well… But I understand that the people want to ask that question.”
Biden turns 80 in November after having already been the oldest president in office. He would be almost 82 if he were to run again in 2024.
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Democratic strategists and even members of the mainstream media have raised concerns about Biden’s age and whether he should run for re-election. Earlier reports revealed “apprehension” by White House staff that Biden would be the first octogenarian to serve in the Oval Office.
“The subject was met with some trepidation in the West Wing and senior aides called Biden’s global allies asking for advice on how best to handle the date that will surely draw the attention of journalists and Republicans alike.” , the Politico White House office said. chef Jonathan Lemire reported Oct. 11.
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During the interview, Capehart asked Biden if first lady Jill Biden would support him again in 2024. The president stopped and looked at the floor before responding, prompting Capehart to ask him again. . The clip quickly led many to argue that Biden wasn’t “competent” enough to serve.