Some Democrats have stated publicly that President Joe Biden is just too old to run for reelection in 2024 in the months ahead.
Biden, who turned 80 on Nov. 20th, is indeed the oldest president in American history, having been inaugurated at the age of 78 in 2021. Democrats are concerned that his record age in office may be a stumbling block if he decides to seek for reelection.
“I believe it’s reasonable to be concerned about anybody’s age, including mine,” Biden said to MSNBC in October. “However, I believe the best approach to make a decision is to observe me.”
Some Democrats appear to have observed the president and concluded that he’s too old. “There would be absolutely no doubt if he were 60 and not 80,” David Axelrod, former Pres. Barack Obama’s senior strategist, stated to the New York Times in an article that was published Monday.
Shelia Huggins, a Dem. National Committee member from North Carolina, stated to the Times that she believes Biden is too elderly to be the Democratic nominee. “I just have some reservations about him running again.” “Part of it is due to his age,” she explained.
On November 21, 2022, US President Joe Biden puts the microphone up towards the turkey while he pardons Chocolate,which is the National Thanksgiving Turkey, accompanied by Nat’l Turkey Federation Head Ronnie Parker (L) on the White House lawn in Washington, DC.
Tyler Jones, a Democratic strategist in South Carolina, is likewise concerned about Biden’s age. “Most Americans do not know many 80-year-olds who can rule the entire country,” he remarked. “That is not to say they do not really exist, or that he cannot do it, but it’s a very rare occurrence.” And therefore, unlike previous presidents, the burden is on Joe Biden to demonstrate to the people that he will not just succeed in ’24 but also lead over the next four years.”
Democrats’ concerns about Biden’s age come as a new poll shows that 64% of Americans are “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about Biden’s mental capacity, up from 59% in August.
Any concerns about Biden’s physical and mental fitness do not appear to bother White House spokesperson Andrew Bates, who evaded when the Times asked him about Biden’s competence to lead the country. Bates noted Biden’s “most successful legislative record of any president since Lyndon Johnson” and the 2022 midterm elections as evidence of Biden’s political viability in 2024.