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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers told Fox News Digital they don’t think President Biden’s age is a big deal ahead of the 2024 presidential election, even amid lingering questions about whether he’s too old. old.
Lawmakers differed widely in their assessments of the merits of Biden’s presidency. But when asked by Fox News Digital if they think voters should consider the president’s age — with some Republicans even calling for Biden to take a cognitive test — they said voters should focus on its performance.
“I think he’s doing a good job,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told Fox News Digital. “I think most people realize you can do a lot of things in our society – whether it’s running a government or running a business – when you’re a little older than some.”
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“He’s a terrible president, which, you know, probably has nothing to do with his age,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “I think…talking about his age is a way for Democrats to come to terms with the fact that he’s not fit to be president. He’s been a really bad president, his politics are awful.”
Hawley added, “They can’t bring themselves to admit that their policies are awful, because all Democrats support those same policies.”
Nonetheless, Biden regularly makes blunders, ranging from the inane, like appearing to try to shake hands with someone who isn’t there, to the more serious, like saying the United States might tolerate a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine. The White House often had to backtrack on the president’s statements right after he made them.
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Meanwhile, multiple outlets are reporting that Biden’s age is a top concern among Democrats, even as the president insists he will run for re-election. Politico reported last month that Democrats were privately raising concerns about Biden’s age as he nears octogenarian status. And The New York Times reported this month that Biden’s age is a “deep concern” for Democratic officials.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., said age shouldn’t be a big factor for voters, but Democrats raising the issue is a problem for Biden.
“No matter how old you are, this is what you are capable of. Seniority should never be a reason for anything unless there are amazing results that come with collective experience “Braun said. “I think I would be concerned if I was him as it seems the movement is coming mostly from his own party. That would be concerning.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, R-Ill., meanwhile said Republicans shouldn’t talk about cognitive testing as long as they still support former President Donald Trump.
“If we’re going to compare cognition, let’s say – you know, versus what? Joe Biden versus former President Trump? Really ? I’ve never seen him throw food at the wall or lie to the American people over and over again. .
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“But beyond that, I know Joe Biden. He’s absolutely, you know, full of his faculties, a wonderful communicator,” she said.
“I’m sure some will,” Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said of whether voters should consider Biden’s age in 2024. President Biden is an experienced and capable leader who has guided us in. We are now at a point where we have created jobs – we have recovered all the jobs lost in the Trump administration’s botched pandemic response.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., meanwhile, declined to address concerns about Biden’s age.
“I have no comment on that. No worries,” Merkley said.