The fact that President Joe Biden is 80 years old may be a "issue" in his re-election campaign, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Sunday, according to The Daily Caller.
“His age is an issue and people have every right to consider it,” Clinton told Financial Times in response to a question about Biden repeatedly falling down stairs. The British business publication interviewed Clinton Sunday about Russia, China and the state of American democracy.
“But he has this great saying and I think he’s right. Don’t judge him by running against the Almighty, but against the alternative.
"And I am of the camp that I think he’s determined to run. He has a good record that three years ago people would not have predicted would have gotten done,” the 75-year-old former secretary of state added.
“I obviously hope he stays very focused and able to compete in the election because I think he could be reelected, and that’s what we should all hope for,” Clinton concluded.
Biden recently addressed concerns about his age at a press conference, but he has refused to publicly undergo a mental acuity test, as proposed by former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Former President Donald Trump, both of whom are running as Republicans for the presidential nomination.
“With regard to age, I can’t even say, I guess how old I am, I can’t even say the number. It doesn’t register with me," Biden said in April.
"But the only thing I can say is that one of the things that people are going to find out is, they’re going to see a race, and they’re going to judge, whether or not I have it or don’t have it. I respect them taking a hard look at it. I’d take a hard look at it as well, I took a hard look at it before I decided to run.
“I feel good and I feel excited about the prospects, and I think we’re on the verge of really turning the corner in a way we haven’t in a long time.”
Just weeks ago Haley took a swipe at the sitting president, saying he was "not likely" to make to the 86, which would be his age at the end of a second term in office. Haley made her comments during an interview interview with Fox News.
"He announced that he's running again in 2024, and I think that we can all be very clear and say with a matter of fact that if you vote for Joe Biden you really are counting on a President Harris, because the idea that he would make it until 86 years old is not something that I think is likely," Haley said.
The Haley campaign continued her accusation the next day, tweeting: "A vote for Joe Biden is a vote to make Kamala Harris president."
A vote for Joe Biden is a vote to make Kamala Harris president. https://t.co/bKeeFthtL1
— Team Haley (@TeamHaley) April 27, 2023
In February, the former South Carolina governor, who is 51 years old, entered the campaign for the Republican nomination. She has presented herself to voters as a much-needed generational shift in contrast to Biden, 80, and Trump, 76.