President Joe Biden made a candid admission on Sunday that acknowledged what a vast majority of Americans are worried about. The Democrat told MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” that his age is a “totally legitimate” concern for voters.
While defending himself to anchor Jonathan Capehart, the president declared that voters should ask themselves if he is “slowing up” and does he “have the same pace?”
Capehart prefaced his questions by referring to his “Aunt Gloria,” who he claimed to be Biden’s biggest fan in 2020. The host said now she’s not sure that the president should run for reelection given his age.
The MSNBC host said his aunt had one caveat, and that is that Biden should “absolutely” run again if he would face former President Donald Trump.
"I think it's a legitimate thing to be concerned about anyone's age, including mine," says Biden.
"Watch me. You know, am I slowing up? Am I don't have the same pace?…I could get a disease tomorrow, I could, you know, drop dead tomorrow." pic.twitter.com/o7jDVE5WVV
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Biden, who has always been prone to gaffes and misstatements but has noticeably increased their frequency of late, focused his answer on energy level instead of mental acuity.
He said voters should ask if he has the “same passion” for what he is doing in office. If not, “they should vote against me.”
Energy or not, Biden’s age has come sharply into focus recently. He is already the oldest president in U.S. history and would be 86 were he to win reelection and finish out his second term.
Just last month the president called out for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) at an event. And there are a string of viral clips portraying misstatements and physical slips that call into question Biden’s overall health, such as his recently falling off a bike.
Still, the president said he is healthy and plans to seek a second term in office. He claimed it’s too early to make that commitment and commented that he could “get a disease tomorrow, I could, you know, drop dead tomorrow.”
But, he added, “I am in good health.” Biden said he did not want to jinx himself but “everything about me physically is still functioning well, and mentally too.”
The Democrat confessed that he understands why people want to question his age and fitness for office. Polls show that even most Democrats prefer another name at the top of their presidential ticket in 2024.