Hillary Clinton Says President Joe Biden’s Age is a Valid Issue: ‘People Have Every Right to Consider It’

Hillary Clinton weighed in on growing public concerns surrounding President Joe Biden’s age and said it is a legitimate issue and “people have every right to consider it.”

Clinton commented Saturday under the radar at the Financial Times Weekend Festival in Washington, D.C., when she was questioned about the president’s stumbling at the G7 Summit in Japan.

“There was that heart-stopping moment when he almost fell over coming down the stairs a day or two ago,” said Edward Luce, Financial Times editor. “He didn’t use a railing, and Jill wasn’t there with him.”
“Every time that happens, your heart is in your mouth because these things could be consequential. Is that a concern? asked Luce.

Clinton responded that “It’s a concern for anyone. We’ve had presidents who had fallen before who were a lot younger, and people didn’t go into heart palpitations.”

“But his age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it,” added Clinton. “But, you know, he has this great saying — and I think he’s right — don’t judge him for running against the Almighty but against the alternative. I am of the camp that I think he’s determined to run; he has a good record that, three years ago, people would not have predicted would have gotten done.”

“He doesn’t get the credit yet for what is happening out in the country in terms of jobs and growth and planning for the future with CHIPS and other stuff,” added Clinton “So, I obviously hope he stays very focused and able to compete in the election because I think he can be re-elected, and that’s what we should all hope for.”

Clinton’s comments are a departure from typical Dem Biden touts

Clinton’s comments are a shift from other Democrats, who have generally dismissed concerns about Biden’s age. President Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history and will be 81 on Election Day.

Top aides to the president have repeatedly played down concerns about Biden’s physical and mental fitness. Last summer, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed a question from Don Lemon, now-former CNN host, about Biden’s mental and physical health, saying, “That is not a question that we should be even asking.”

“Just look at the work he does. And look how he’s delivering for the American public,” said Jean-Pierre.
Last year, Ron Klain, the now-former White House chief of staff, praised President Biden’s fitness during a virtual interview with the Economic Club of Washington, saying, “He’s definitely in better shape than I am, that’s for sure. He’s very fit; he works out almost every day in the morning before he comes down to the Oval Office.”

“People see him on the job every day, and then what they see is a person who is fully capable of doing the job fully vigorous, in great mental and physical health, and taking on the burdens of the office and executing them well,” added Klain.

“He puts many of us to shame with his energy,” said Democrat California Representative Eric Swalwell last month.

Democrat Senator Dim Kaine added, “As I age, I appreciate wisdom even more.”