Concerns expressed by Republicans and independents about President Joe Biden’s advanced age were initially dismissed or mocked by Democrats and the media, but now some politicians and pundits on the left are finally admitting that the Biden may indeed be too old to continue being the president in a second term.
One of those is former Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), who has recently attacked the “geriatric oligarchy” governing the nation and agreed this week that Biden is “too old” to run for re-election in 2024, Fox News reported.
The young former Democratic congressman, who is challenging 75-year-old South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) in November, has been consistent in making the case that politicians of either major party, Democrat or Republican, should step aside at a certain age and allow younger leaders to step up in their place.
Biden is part of the “geriatric oligarchy” running the nation
Cunningham argued exactly that in a campaign ad he released earlier this week that largely attacked Gov. McMaster over his age and lengthy career, in which he lamented that “our country and our state are being run by a geriatric oligarchy. People who stay in office way past their prime.”
Age limits on politicians is a new idea to a very old problem. We need to end the geriatric oligarchy that has held us back for far too long. Watch and share this video and help us bring South Carolina out of the past and into the future. pic.twitter.com/UQbN98Qr5L
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 22, 2022
On Thursday, Cunningham joined CNN host John Berman to discuss his new ad and Berman asked directly if Cunningham thought President Biden, who turns 80 this fall, is too old to run for a second term.
“Well, look, I think what people hate about politics and politicians is the inconsistency. And the hypocrisy,” the candidate replied. “And, you know, we look at the White House, and see President Biden, think about what the future is going to look like and a new generation of leadership and, look, if President Biden were here with me right now and asking my opinion, whether or not he should run for another term, or whether he should step aside and allow a new generation of leadership to emerge, I would tell him the latter.”
Asked more specifically to clarify if he believed that Biden was “too old” to run for office again, Cunningham said, “Yeah. I think we need to have a new generation of leadership emerge.”
Later, he further clarified, “I think we need to have a new vision, new leadership, and this isn’t personal about Biden, but he’ll be 82 by the time of the next election. If he served out a second term, he’d be 86 years old. I’m not sure if any of us know any 86-year-olds who should be running the entire country.”
— New Day (@NewDay) June 23, 2022
81-year-old Clyburn should step aside, too
The Hill reported that CNN’s Berman pointed out that House Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is 81 years old and asked if he should retire as well. Displaying his consistency on the issue, Cunningham replied in the affirmative, even as he praised and thanked Clyburn for his decades of service.
“Look, this isn’t anything personal. I mean, we set out — we draw a line, age 72, South Carolina state law is judges have to retire at age 72. So my question and the point that I’m making, if you’re too old to interpret the law, are you not too old to be making the law?” he said. “I appreciate all his service and what he’s done for our country, and it’s nothing personal. I get along fine with him. But as we look towards the future, we got to be looking to provide new vision.”