Democrats are split on President Biden’s age, though many say it’s time for the 80-year-old to step down, according to a report Monday.
Biden’s age was thrown into the spotlight on Sunday as the 46th president celebrated his 80th birthday. While many Democrats hope that Biden will step down after his term ends in 2024, the White House still insists he intends to run. One Democrat even compared him to NFL superstar Tom Brady, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Tom Brady won a Super Bowl when he was 43,” Larry Drake, chairman of the Rockingham County Democrats in New Hampshire, told WSJ. “I think we need to rethink our views on aging and stuff.”
Rep. Jaun Vargas, D-Calif., echoed Drake’s sentiment, telling the outlet, “I gotta tell you, I think he’s all there.”
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Not all Democrats have been so charitable, however, pointing to Biden’s numerous blunders and instances where he seems to be losing his train of thought.
“You can see the differences between how he used to be and how he is now,” Democratic National Committee delegate Liano Sharon told WSJ, adding that Biden has “lost a step.”
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Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., also says it’s time for Biden to retire gracefully.
“I think he’s done a fantastic job of being the bridge he promised to be,” Phillips told the outlet. “The problem is that it’s just time for a new generation of leaders to step in.”
Biden admitted in October that questions about his age are “completely legitimate.”
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“I think it’s legitimate to worry about someone’s age, including mine. That’s totally legitimate. But I think the best way to pass judgment is to, you know, look at me. Slow down am I – don’t the same pace?” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC.
Biden is the oldest person ever to hold the office of president, and he will turn 82 on Election Day in 2024.