Joe Biden is too old to be president, and it’s not wrong to say it: GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley, in an interview on “Fox and Friends,” said that she believes Joe Biden’s re-election bid next year is much more than it seems.
“And let’s be very clear if they think it’s going to be President Biden, a vote for President Biden, it’s actually a vote for president Harris. We are running against Kamala Harris. Make no bones about it. The New York Times knows it. Every liberal knows it. They know that it’s Kamala Harris that’s going to end up being president of the United States if Joe Biden wins this (2024 presidential) election,” the former U.S. ambassador said.
If Haley’s polling numbers are any indication, she will likely be passed over as the Republican presidential nominee – her most support rating was a paltry 4.4%, a far cry from former president Donald Trump’s frontrunning stats (although it is noteworthy to mention that she outperforms Ron DeSantis, Trump’s “closest” rival in her home state of South Carolina, where she also previously served as governor).
‘Unlikable’ Harris and Joe Biden’s Age Challenge
But Haley’s statements on Fox and Friends are on point, and underscore one of the main problems Democrats will have to face come the presidential election next year: The sheer unlikability of Kamala Harris, and President Joe Biden’s advanced age.
A recent poll by CNN shows that Independents have a poor view of her as vice president, with 57% expressing disapproval of her performance.
Another poll by NBC News showed the vice president’s approval rating dropping to an all-time low of -17, the lowest any vice president has scored in the history of the poll.
Too Old to Serve
Biden’s age and capability to competently run things in the White House for another four year is also in question.
The president, who is 80, is the oldest chief executive to ever sit in the Oval Office and is almost two decades older than the median age of current national leaders around the world, which is 62, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
The president recently tripped and fell over a sandbag during commencement exercises at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Speaking of advanced age, Democrats have another problem in the form of California Senator Diane Feinstein, who, at 90, is still trying to get work done in the Upper House.
But a recent bout with shingles that saw her sidelined for roughly four months and her frequent absences in general have been a hindrance to the Democrat’s agenda and highlights the liberals’ fragile majority in the Senate.
Replace Feinstein with Harris?
LA Times columnist George Skelton proposes that President Joe Biden should move to have Feinstein retire and while difficult, make the necessary steps to put the vice president in Feinstein’s vacant Senate seat.
“President Biden has a problem. So does Vice President Kamala Harris. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a problem. There’s a solution for all of this. Biden’s problem is Harris. She’s a burden — a drag on his reelection prospects,” Skelton wrote.
He admits that it will be a difficult prospect for all involved, but given former president Trump’s momentum on the opposite side of things, Democrats will need to make hard decisions if they want to remain relevant to voters – and to the path the U.S. will take after the elections next year.
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.
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