On Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders acknowledged concerns over President Joe Biden’s age in the context of the 2024 elections. However, Sanders emphasized that there are more pressing issues to consider. He remarked that during their interactions, President Biden appears mentally alert and fit.
While President Biden’s bid for a second term in 2024 seems assured for the Democratic Party’s nomination, his age remains a topic of discussion among voters. He was 78 at his inauguration in 2021, setting the record as the oldest person to assume the US presidency. If he completes a second term, he will be 86 by January 2029. Despite his age being a recurring concern, he has achieved several legislative milestones during his tenure.
Sanders, an independent from Vermont who aligns with the Democrats, has in the past downplayed concerns about Biden’s age. He believes the President’s positions on crucial topics are of greater significance. On NBC News’s Meet the Press, Sanders maintained this perspective, but admitted that age is indeed a factor. Sanders stated, “When evaluating a candidate, one must consider various elements. I had a productive discussion with the president recently, and he seemed perfectly fine. We must, however, focus on a candidate’s stand on pivotal issues.”
Sanders, now 81, is older than Biden by a year. His vitality remains notable, given his active lifestyle and rigorous travel commitments. Although he contested the Democratic nomination in 2016 and 2020, his age was seldom highlighted as a significant concern.
Although Sanders and Biden have differing political views, Sanders has confirmed his support for Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign.
Interestingly, Biden’s likely Republican challenger, former President Donald Trump, hasn’t faced as much age-related scrutiny. Trump, at 77, is roughly three years Biden’s junior. Although he often touts his mental sharpness, some have raised questions about his cognitive clarity.