Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that there were “legitimate” concerns surrounding the age of President Joe Biden. The 2016 Democratic Party nominee’s comments came just days after special counsel Robert Hur released his report regarding Biden’s alleged retention of classified documents. Hur declined to charge Biden in part due to significant memory issues on behalf of the president.
The former senator from new York said in a recent MSNBC interview that she “talked to people in the White House all the time, and you know, they know it’s an issue, but as I like to say, ‘look, it’s a legitimate issue.’”
Clinton said that the president “should lean into the fact that he’s experienced and that experience is not just in the political arena. It’s like, the stuff of, you know, human experience, character, wisdom.
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“I think he should be willing to really pull that out … and I think he should kid more about it,” she added.
The special counsel wrote that if the case came to trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
Furthermore, following the release of the special counsel’s report, the president held a press event in the White House in which he said that he had no memory issues and that he was the best person to lead the country.
However, toward the end of the event, Biden confused Mexico with Egypt.
Clinton’s statements also came after significant concern regarding Biden’s ability to run for a second term. Should Biden win another term, he would leave office in 2029 at the age of 86. A number of prominent Republicans and one Democratic presidential candidate have called on Biden not to seek another term.
In addition, a number of recent polls showed serious concerns about Biden’s age and health. A recent NBC News poll found that about 90% of Americans expressed some significant concern over Biden’s age.