At the Financial Times Weekend Festival in Washington over the weekend, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton conceded that decrepit Joe Biden’s age poses a challenge for a 2024 presidential run, but urged voters to look beyond that and embrace his record instead.
Clinton, 75, addressed the 80-year-old president’s fitness for office saying “his age is an issue, and people have every right to consider” it.
She said this in response to FT editor Edward Luce pointing to Biden’s trouble negotiating a flight of stairs during last week’s G-7 summit in Japan.
“There was that heart-stopping moment when he almost fell over coming down the stairs a day or two ago,” Luce said. “Every time that happens, your heart is in your mouth because these things could be consequential. Is that a concern?”
“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,” Clinton replied. “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.”
Biden is the oldest president in American history and will be 81 on Election Day.