Born on November 20, 1942, Joe Biden does not want his many candles to be at the heart of the 2024 presidential election in the United States. The tenant of the White House thus assured on Monday that he was aware of the questions about his age, but explained that he was representing himself in order to defend American democracy which Donald Trump, according to him, wants to “destroy”.
“A lot of people seem focused on my age,” said the 80-year-old US president. “I understand it, believe me, I know it better than anyone,” he added during a fundraising event in New York, organized with Broadway artists.
Biden’s age worries a majority of voters
“I am running because democracy is at stake. Because in 2024 we will vote again on the future of democracy. Let it be clear: Donald Trump and his Republican supporters are determined to destroy American democracy,” accused the Democrat, who could well, in November 2024, have to face the former Republican president again.
The polls follow one another and are similar for Joe Biden, whom a large majority of voters consider too old to run. His campaign, which consists of praising his good economic results and his ambitious industrial recovery projects, has so far failed to relegate to the background these concerns about the age and energy level of the Democrat.
A few days ago, an influential editorialist in the democratic sphere, David Ignatius, echoed these concerns in a column for the Washington Post, which caused a stir in Washington. While expressing his “admiration” for the Democratic president, the editorialist believes that by representing Joe Biden “risks undoing his greatest achievement, which was having succeeded in stopping Trump. »
The question of age is not much easier, however, for the former Republican president. And Donald Trump, 77, assured during an interview broadcast on NBC on Sunday that Joe Biden’s problem was not his 80 years, but “his incompetence”. Current polls, however, show that while the age gap between the two men is small, Americans are more worried about that of Joe Biden.