Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes Americans should be concerned about President Joe Biden’s old age.
While speaking at the Financial Times, Clinton was asked about Biden falling down some stairs while attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan. Financial Times editor Edward Luce described the incident as a “heart-stopping movement” because “these things could be consequential.”
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Clinton, who ran for president in 2016, agreed that Biden’s health is a legitimate concern.
“It’s a concern for anyone. We’ve had presidents who had fallen before who were a lot younger, and people didn’t go into heart palpitations,” Clinton began.
“But his age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it,” she admitted.
Despite admitting Biden’s age is a concern for many, Clinton expressed her comments in praise for the president, whom Democrats consider is the only person standing between former President Donald Trump’s possible return to the White House.
Clinton claimed Biden has a “stellar” policy record and doesn’t receive the credit he deserves, adding that every American should hope Biden wins re-election.
“I obviously hope he stays very focused and able to compete in the election, because I think he can be re-elected, and that’s what we should all hope for,” Clinton said.
Biden, 80, is the oldest president in U.S. history. If he wins re-election, he’d be 82 years old on Inauguration Day.
Biden’s age and physical ability will become a crucial issue in the 2024 election, as many Republicans express doubt that Biden is “fit” for the presidency.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician for Trump, has repeatedly called on Biden to receive cognitive testing or drop out of the 2024 election.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has suggested that politicians over 75 years old should be required to receive cognitive testing to seek the presidency or federal office.
Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O-Connor, described the president as a “healthy, vigorous 80-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency” in a health summary released in 2022. The report did not include any information regarding Biden’s cognitive health.