Democratic insiders are reportedly expressing reservations about Joe Biden’s age and mental state as he considers whether or not to seek re-election in 2024.
However, according to a recent Politico report, they are hesitant to voice their concerns publicly.
The report suggests that discussions surrounding Biden’s cognitive abilities and capacity to engage in another presidential campaign have remained consistent behind closed doors.
Despite their lingering doubts, many Democrats are choosing to keep their worries behind closed doors.
“He’s a president of great competence and success; I admire the heck out of President Biden,” the report cited Rep. Dean Phillips as saying.
“And if he were 15-20 years younger it would be a no-brainer to nominate him, but considering his age it’s absurd we’re not promoting competition but trying to extinguish it.”
An anonymous senator cited in the report claimed that only a small number of their colleagues actually want Joe Biden to run for re-election, and that the Democratic party must find a way to align the president’s interests with their own in order to get him to step away from the demands of the office.
While Biden is reportedly planning to make an announcement about his intentions in April, there are concerns among some Democrats that the president, due to his age, may not be able to sustain the energy required for a full-fledged campaign tour.
During the 2020 campaign, the Biden team was criticized by Republicans for frequently ending their candidate’s day early and limiting his interactions with the media, leading to accusations that he was being kept in a metaphorical “basement.”
Despite the latest medical examination of Joe Biden by his physician Kevin O’Connor, who described the president as “vigorous” and “healthy,” many remain unconvinced due to Biden’s frequent public appearances where he has appeared dazed and confused on stage.
The president’s condition was reportedly unchanged from his previous physical exam in late 2021, with only minor issues reported.
Former White House physician Ronny Jackson recently called for a cognitive examination of Biden after another public appearance where he appeared lost.
A survey conducted by Issues & Insights/TIPP in August 2022 found that 59% of Americans expressed concern about Biden’s mental health.