Joe Biden’s mental state has been called into question, again, following an apparent “zoning out” moment during a high profile interview. The 79-year-old President has long been dogged by claims he is unfit for office spurred on by his regular gaffes.
During an interview with MSNBC the President is asked if his wife, Dr Jill Biden, is “for” him running again in 2024.
Joe Biden looks at the ground before the interviewer prompts him: “Mr President? Oh.”
Biden responds: “Dr Biden thinks that uh, my wife thinks that uh, that I, that, that we’re, doing something very important.”
Although Mr Biden has suffered from a well-documented speech impediment since childhood when he had a stutter, during his response he appears to be distracted and looks at the ground.
The clip was quickly shared by the Republican National Committee, which often uses short clips of Mr Biden’s gaffes to attack the President.
New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R) told Fox’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ that the MSNBC interview showed Biden wasn’t “competent” for the job.
“This is really sad, but he reminds me of a Madame Tussauds wax figure. He comes out, and they turn him on, and he delivers talking points that are presented to him by his shadow government, the staff behind him. And he’s really showing that he’s not competent to do this most important job in our nation,” Representative Tenney said.
The Congresswoman said she had joined on to a letter, written by Texas Congressman Randy Jackson (R), calling for the President to undergo a “cognitive test”.
She added: “We’ve got to start looking into whether Joe Biden is actually capable of being the President. I think he’s not.”
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Biden, 79, would be 86 at the of his second term if re-elected in 2024. When he turns 80 on November 20 he will become America’s first octogenarian President – he is already America’s oldest serving President.
Nearly two thirds of Americans – including a majority of Democrats – are concerned about the President’s mental health, according to an Issues & Insights/TIPP poll published earlier this month.
Concern appears to have skyrocketed following a very public gaffe during which Biden attempted to recognise a Congresswoman who had died in a car accident months earlier.
Another poll by USA Today/Ipsos found that a majority of Democrats do not want Joe Biden to run for re-election in 2024.
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The President has not officially confirmed whether he will run again in 2024, however during the MSNBC interview he said it was his “intention” to stand for a second term.
He said he wouldn’t formally declare his candidacy due to “regulations” which would kick in once he confirms he is standing.
Following the US midterm elections, the issue Biden’s political future will be at the forefront of the Democratic Party. The elections, in part, will likely be a referendum on Joe Biden’s Presidency.
If Democrats lose the House or the Senate – or both – it could be hard for Biden to convince them he is the leader needed for a big Democrat win in 2024.