Tuesday, President Biden announced his re-election campaign for 2024, according to Fox News report.
On Tuesday, former Biden campaign adviser Cristóbal Alex refuted claims that Biden's age should be a concern for the 2024 presidential election.
Former Biden campaign adviser Cristóbal Alex refuted claims that the president's age should be a factor in the 2024 election, stating that Biden outperforms his staff.
Alex appeared on MSNBC's "The ReidOut" on Tuesday to discuss the Biden re-election campaign announcement video released that morning. The panel was generally optimistic about the announcement.
However, host Joy Reid noted that recent polling indicates skepticism about the octogenarian:
"There is polling that shows people are really uncomfortable with Biden’s age," Reid said. "According to NBC poll, 70% of Americans, including 51% of Democrats, believe Biden shouldn’t run for president, and age, for 48%, is a major reason.
"And the people out there who seem to be the most motivated are the youngest voters. Gen Z and Millennials. Is that an issue for Biden?"
"No, it’s not," Alex replied.
He continued, "I’ll start with personal experience. I worked close with the president on the last election campaign that he won and I will tell you, having traveled with him, and Mike knows this well, he runs his staff ragged. He’s up earlier than we are, working harder than we are.
"He’s on the run. It’s exhausting to campaign with him, and that’s how he is every single day. Knowing him, I’m not worried at all about the age, especially when you compare him to Donald Trump, who is a little younger than he is, but way out of shape. It’s not something that I’m worried about."
At 80 years old, Biden is currently the oldest individual to hold the office. If he were to secure a second term, he would leave office at age 86.
Biden's age and health have been frequent topics of debate regarding his candidacy for a second term. As the 2024 election approaches, mainstream media outlets and pundits have recently expressed doubts about Biden's performance.
In an editorial published on Saturday, The New York Times acknowledged that Biden, who will turn 81 on November 20, should "take voters' concerns about age seriously" prior to announcing his candidacy. Terry Moran of ABC also commented on Americans' concerns regarding "an 81-year-old" standing for president.
"My own sense is that most Americans don’t want to vote for an 81-year-old running for president, neither do they really want to vote for a 77-year-old running for president," Moran said.
"They'd like to go to the next generation. And I think part of the modesty is the Biden White House operation aware that people are uneasy with his age."