A former Senate friend of President Joe Biden said this week that he’s “getting up there in years” for another term, but the Democratic Party might still pick him. Former Senator Dennis DeConcini (from Arizona) thinks this because many people worry about how old and healthy the president is.
DeConcini shared in an interview that Biden might be a bit old and sometimes stumbles, but if the Democratic Party chooses Vice President Kamala Harris, they might not win.
He said, “I don’t think she can win.”
These ex-senator comments come as many surveys show that people are concerned that Biden is too old to run again.
A recent Wall Street Journal poll found that 73% of voters believe Biden is too old to be president for another term. Many Democrats agree with this, too.
Biden is 80, making him the oldest president ever in the U.S.
Interestingly, only a few people thought former President Donald Trump, who is 77, was too old for the job.
The same poll had more bad news for the president. A lot of voters, 60%, think Biden isn’t mentally fit for the job at the White House. But not as many people thought the same about Trump. 49% thought he needed more mental sharpness for the job.
People also mostly disapprove of many things Biden does as president. More than 60% don’t like how he deals with problems like rising prices and border security. Also, most people aren’t happy with how he handles relations with China.
Biden has talked about these worries, too. During a Labor Day event in Philadelphia, he mentioned people saying, “He’s getting old, man.”
But he added, “Getting older also brings some wisdom. I’ve been doing this job longer than anyone else, and you know what? With your support, I’ll keep doing it.”