President Biden spent a quiet Saturday at his Wilmington, Del. residence as he celebrated his 79th birthday – and set a record, once more, as America’s oldest president ever.
But with half of all registered voters expressing concern about Biden’s bodily and psychological health, hypothesis that he might not run for re-election is rising.
“I find it implausible that at the age of 82 the Democrats would nominate him for a second term,” Republican strategist Karl Rove instructed The Post. “Particularly given where he is as he nears the end of his first year in office.”
The RealClear Politics polling common pegs Biden’s approval ranking at simply 41 %, with 53 % disapproval, reflecting voter dismay over his dealing with of the financial system and the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, a Politico/Morning Consult ballot this week discovered that 48 % of Americans suppose that Biden is mentally unfit for his job, with solely 40 % saying that he’s in good bodily well being.
“When you watch Biden, you get a sense that he’s just missing a beat, that he’s not what he once was,” GOP pollster Neil Newhouse instructed Politico. “Voters are picking up on it.”
Biden was two months previous his 78th birthday when he took the oath of workplace in January, breaking the record beforehand held by Ronald Reagan, who was 77 years and 349 days outdated when George H.W. Bush succeeded him in 1989.
Both have a number of years on the nation’s subsequent oldest presidents: Donald Trump, 74 when he left workplace; Dwight D. Eisenhower, 70; and Andrew Jackson, 69 when he departed the White House in 1837, in accordance with History.com.
And whereas Biden’s doctor launched a six-page report Friday testifying that the president is “fit to successfully execute the duties” of his job — regardless of a stiffening gait attributable to spinal arthritis and a nagging cough — voter sentiment about his well being might turn into a legal responsibility for the Democratic Party.
“We may see a large field of competitors for the nomination” if Biden’s “senior moments” worsen, political scientist Paul Quirk told Newsweek Saturday.