(RightIsRight.co) – Prominent Democratic Party figures are expressing doubts about whether President Joe Biden should run for reelection because of his advanced age.
A New York Times report quoted several Democratic Party operatives as saying they have “concerns” about a second Biden candidacy after, on November 20, the president turned 80, the oldest person to hold the job in America’s 246-year history.
“If he were 60 and not 80, there would be absolutely no doubt,” commented no other than David Axelrod, the chief strategist of former President Barack Obama.
Democratic National Committee member from North Carolina, Shelia Huggins, also said she was afraid Biden was too old.
“I just still have some concerns about him running again. Part of it does have to do with his age,” she declared.
Tyler Jones, a South Carolina Democrat strategist, echoed her concerns.
“Most people in this country don’t know many 80-year-olds that can run the entire country,” he stated.
“That’s not to say that they don’t exist, and it’s not to say that he can’t do it, but it is a very rare thing. And so the burden, unlike most presidents, the burden is on Biden to show the country that he cannot just win in ’24, but lead for the next four years,” Jones elaborated.
In an October TV interview on MSNBC, Biden acknowledged the age concerns but claimed to be in great shape.
“I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about anyone’s age, including mine. But I think the best way to make the judgment is to watch me,” the Democrat president argued.
A public opinion poll in October showed 64% of American adults were “concerned” about Joe Biden’s mental abilities – compared with 59% in August.
At the same time, however, White House spokesman Andrew Bates dismissed public worries about the president’s mental and physical fitness to lead the nation.
“[The president has the] most successful legislative record of any president since Lyndon Johnson,” Bates argued, claiming the results of the midterms proved that.
“The same coalition President Biden built to expand the map for Democrats in 2020 powered our historic midterm wins, including unprecedented youth turnout,” the spokesman added.
“The president galvanized independent voters with a message widely adopted across the party, highlighting the differences between his values and ultra-MAGA Republicans’ agenda,” he elaborated.
A Breitbart News report forecasts that Biden will make his 2024 presidential bid official “in the coming months” after his main GOP rival Donald Trump did so on November 15.
Because the president is expected to run for reelection, some potential Democrat bidders are already giving up running – such as California Governor Gavin Newsom, according to a Politico report.
Some Democrats have publicly expressed that Biden is simply too old to potentially launch a 2024 reelection bid in the coming months. https://t.co/vnWcWklB39
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 28, 2022