President Joe Biden said his age is a legitimate concern for voters because he could drop dead at any moment.
The president, who will turn 80 next month, is the oldest man to ever serve as president of the United States. He made his morbid remark during an MSNBC interview that aired Sunday.
Reporter Jonathan Capehart asked President Biden what he would say to a voter in an effort to earn their vote to start serving a second term at 82.
“I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about anyone’s age, including mine. I think that’s totally legitimate,” Biden responded to the MSNBC host. “I think the best way to make a judgment is to, to, you know, watch me, you know, am I slowing up? Am I, don’t have the same pace?”
“You know, I, could be, I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden continued. “I could get a disease tomorrow, I could, you know, drop dead tomorrow. But I, you know, in terms of my energy level, in terms of how much I’m able to do, I think people should look and say, ‘is he, is he still have the same passion for what he’s doing? And if I think do, and I can do it, then that’s fine. If they don’t, then they should vote against me, not against me, they should encourage me not to go.”
Biden appeared at a loss during another portion of the interview when asked if First Lady Jill Biden supported running for reelection, in 2024.
“I have not made that formal decision but it’s my intention,” Biden slowly stated, “to run again and we’ll have time to make that decision.” That exchange with Capehart was in an excerpt of the interview released Friday.
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