President Joe Biden made light of the fact that he was approaching the age of 80 and asserted that he is still physically and mentally capable of holding the office of president for another possible term.
It’s “absolutely legitimate,” according to Biden, who will turn 80 on November 20, for people to wonder if a candidate his age can handle the exacting rigors of the American presidency.
In an MSNBC interview that aired on Sunday, Biden responded in kind to a question about his age.
As polls indicate that Americans would prefer not to witness a rematch with Donald Trump, the Republican Biden defeated in 2020; he added that people should decide whether he is up to the responsibility.
On the day of the 2025 inauguration, Biden would be 82 and Trump 78.
Only roughly 3 out of 10 respondents surveyed in a recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll said they wanted either Biden or Trump to run for president in the next two years.
Only 5 out of 10 Democrats want Biden to run for reelection, compared to 6 out of 10 Republicans who want Trump to run again.
Although Biden has consistently stated his intention to run for reelection, he has yet to declare whether he will do so formally.
Biden frequently touted himself as a “transition candidate” in the 2020 race who would open doors for fresh Democratic talent.
Throughout a campaign won or lost by a younger, more diverse electorate and at a time when the country is grappling with many significant issues, the age and health of both Biden and Trump loomed largely.
In the MSNBC interview, Biden suggested that voters consider his “passion” for the job and his age when deciding whether to support him.
Biden made light of the fact that he’s still processing reaching old age.
“I can’t even say the age I am going to be. I can’t even get it out of my mouth,” Biden said.
Before his birthday last year, Biden underwent a series of tests, including blood, physical, gastrointestinal, dental, visual, and neurological.
In a six-page document made public by the White House following that examination, Biden’s primary care doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, stated that the vice president was “healthy, active,” and “suited to execute the duties of the Presidency successfully.”
According to O’Connor, he looked into Biden after noticing more occurrences of “throat clearing” during speeches in public and stiffness in his walk.
O’Connor added that Biden’s coughing was caused by gastric reflux, and his rigid walk resulted from arthritis in his spine, a recent diagnosis of “moderate peripheral neuropathy,” and compensation for a foot break he had just before taking office.