US President Joe Biden dismissed suspicions that his age made him unfit for another term. “I have gained a lot of wisdom. I know more than the vast majority of people,” the 80-year-old said in an interview with MSNBC TV that aired Friday night (local time).
“I have more experience than anyone who has ever run for this position,” the Democrat stressed. “And I think I’ve proven myself fair and effective.”
Biden entered the White House in 2021 as the oldest president ever. In late April, the Democrat announced that he would run for a second term in next year’s presidential elections. In the election a year and a half later, Biden will turn 81. He will be 86 at the end of a second term.
The grandfather of the seven has been in politics for decades. He served in the Senate for more than 35 years. From 2009 to 2017, he served as vice president to then-US President Barack Obama, before becoming the highest-ranking US office four years later.
Biden’s age and abilities as a presidential candidate have long been debated, including within his own party. The Democrat is regularly ridiculed for his slips of the tongue.
On Friday, during his appearance at the White House, Biden announced a “big press conference” for the afternoon, causing confusion. Nothing is known about the president’s press conference and it never took place. The US media, citing the White House, reported that Biden referred to the recording of the MSNBC interview in his advertisement – and therefore was wrong. Political rivals regularly use these kinds of minor missteps to cast doubt on Biden’s mental abilities.
For Republicans, former President Donald Trump, against whom Biden already ran a campaign in 2020, is a candidate again. Then Biden defeated the incumbent Republican. Without naming Trump, Biden now said, “We cannot allow the same man who was president four years ago to run for president again in this election.”
When asked what made him different from Trump, he replied, “Everything. Everything. Everything.”
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