Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) played down the age gap between Joe Biden and Barack Obama. He told a media outlet that when he met with Biden recently, he looked healthy at 80 years old.
Sanders appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and said Biden seemed to be doing fine. He met with him about five or six weeks ago.
Longtime Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said last year that he has no plans to run for president and expects President Joe Biden to seek another term despite mounting worries regarding his age, mental health, and low approval ratings.
Sanders, 81, listed numerous topics that he thinks people will give serious consideration to in the 2024 presidential race, including climate change, the minimum wage, abortion, pharmaceutical sector reform, and more.
In a June poll conducted by USA TODAY and Suffolk University, 37% of Independent and Democrat voters said that Biden’s age makes them less likely to support him.
Biden has struggled with ageism allegations for quite some time.
At age 80, he has already surpassed any previous president in age. If he is re-elected, he will have reached 82 years old when his second term begins and 86 when it ends.
Reports show his detractors have pointed to a series of gaffes, such as when he said the government was planning to build a railroad across the Pacific and the Indian Oceans.
Biden thought Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who died in an automobile accident last year, was in the room during a press conference.
Earlier this year, during an interview on the CBS Sunday show “Face The Nation,” Senator Sanders was questioned about the pricing of tickets to events supporting his anti-capitalism book. Host Margaret Brennan challenged the senator on the expense of his book tour. In a twist of irony, the book is titled It’s Okay to Be Angry About Capitalism.
In April, Sanders endorsed Joe Biden for president and proposed a government currency confiscation program. He argued on Chris Wallace’s show that the government must confiscate people’s wealth before they can become billionaires.