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“I’m running because democracy is at stake”, accused of being too old to be president, Joe Biden defends himself

The essential The controversy over the advanced age of the American president periodically returns to the table. Just over a year before the presidential elections, surveys reveal that these concerns are shared by a part of the population. Fears dismissed by Joe Biden, who claims to present himself as a defender of democracy.

Is Joe Biden too old to hold office? The argument, put forward by the Republican camp, in particular Donald Trump, regularly appears on the table. With just over a year to go before the presidential election, the 80-year-old American leader strikes back, stating that he is running to defend democracy.

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“A lot of people seem to focus on my age,” he said Monday. “I get it, believe me, I know better than anyone,” she continued at a fundraising event in New York, hosted with Broadway performers. “I’m running because democracy is at stake. Because in 2024 we will vote again on the future of democracy. Let me be clear: Donald Trump and his Republican supporters are determined to destroy American democracy,” the US president launched.

Concerns among Democrats

However, the Republican field’s criticism of Joe Biden’s age seems to find an echo among the population, as reflected in numerous surveys. Voters surveyed consider the Democratic leader too old to run again. The American president’s campaign, which consists of praising his good economic results and his ambitious industrial recovery plans, has so far failed to relegate these concerns and the Democrat’s energy level to the background.

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A few days ago, an influential editorial writer in the democratic sphere, David Ignatius, echoed these concerns in a column for the Washington Post, which caused a stir in Washington. Although he expresses his “admiration” for the Democratic president, the editorial writer believes that representing Joe Biden “risks undoing his greatest achievement, which was having managed to stop Trump.”

However, the age issue is not much easier for the former Republican president. Donald Trump, 77, assured during an interview broadcast on Sunday by NBC that Joe Biden’s problem was not his 80 years, but “his incompetence.” Current polls, however, show that while the age difference between the two men is small, Americans are more concerned about Joe Biden.

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