President Joe Biden’s age continues to be a major concern for many Americans, including Democrats who wish he would step out of the race. Despite his attempts to reassure the public, doubts about his ability to serve a second term remain strong. During a recent fundraiser in New York City, Biden addressed his age by stating that he understands why people are focused on it. He emphasized that he knows what to do to combat issues like COVID and foreign conflicts, highlighting that democracy is at stake in the upcoming election.
Although President Biden tries to downplay the age issue, it is undeniable that it has become a significant factor in the public’s perception of him. Comparatively, former President Donald Trump, who is also in his late 70s, has not faced as much criticism regarding his age. Polls show that even Democratic voters believe Biden’s age is a problem.
Many people doubt that Biden’s low approval ratings will improve before the next election, with his age being one of his biggest challenges. An Associated Press/NORC survey found that a majority of Americans, including Democrats, thought Biden was too old for another four-year term. Other polls also indicate concerns about his age and low approval ratings. These warning signs for Democrats suggest that Biden’s prospects may hinge on his ability to overcome the perception that his age is his defining characteristic.
WOW. Peter Doocey admitted live on Fox that President Biden has been “working all through the night, the equivalent of an all-nighter.” Again, no signs of President Biden’s age presenting any problem — even with jet lag — on his capacity to serve or get things done. Watch👇 pic.twitter.com/rSP4ZY3R4s
— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) September 10, 2023
Talks of replacing Biden as the nominee have circulated within Democratic circles, but he remains the presumptive nominee. However, the decision not to have him debate against other Democratic contenders further solidifies his position. While reassurances from Biden may appeal to the Democratic base, independent and moderate voters may be swayed by concerns about his age, potentially pushing them to support Trump despite any unfavorable opinions they may have of the former president. At this point, the age issue is deeply ingrained in the Biden campaign, and Democrats will have to hope they can convince the public that another Trump term is more detrimental than letting Biden remain in office.