California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom claimed Joe Biden’s old age is a good thing as he defended the ageing president against concerns from Democrats.
While Newsom acknowledged that voters “have every right to be concerned” about Biden’s age, he insisted it was not his concern.
“I want a seasoned pro that knows how to get things done,” Newsom said.
“I’m a little old-fashioned. I want a guy who produces results, and the results are in: It’s been a master class.”
Newsom’s remarks came in response to a recent CBS News/YouGov survey, which found that only one-third of American voters think Biden will remain in office through a second term.
Newsom argued that Biden’s so-called record demonstrates he is not too old to lead the country.
“There’s simply no administration in my lifetime that’s been more effective producing more substantive results,” said the 55-year-old Newsom.
However, other Democrats have expressed hesitancy about Biden’s ability to serve as president.
“I don’t think Biden and Vice President Harris should run for re-election,” Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote last week.
“It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished. But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement — which was stopping [former President] Trump,” he added.
Rep. Dean Phillips said he believes “there are other candidates who have a far better chance and don’t have the actuarial risk that the president has.”
“Why does everyone have blinders on? Why are we essentially being led to this cliff without knowing what’s on the other side?” Phillps said.
Meanwhile, the White House defended Biden’s age and mental acuity/
“Look, here’s what I know,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told Fox News’ Peter Doocy last week in response to a question about polling showing voter concerns over Biden’s age.
“Here’s what I can speak to. I can speak to that – a president who has wisdom. I can speak to a president who has experience. I can speak to a president who has done historic – has taken historic action and has delivered in historic pieces of legislation. And that’s important.”