President Joe Biden officially announced his campaign; he desires your confidence as the leader of the free world until January 20, 2029.
In a video announcement titled “Let’s Finish the Job,” Biden began his campaign with images of chaos from the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021, and protests surrounding the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This was followed by footage of Biden appearing presidential, embracing people, and supposedly restoring democracy.
The video switched between these two themes to underscore that the increasingly fragile 80-year-old president is the only person capable of piloting the nation through this storm. Never mind that America’s persistently low approval ratings indicate the nation’s disagreement.
According to Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, Biden isn’t just asking America to trust him to get the turbulent times but also asking us to agree to Vice President Kamala Harris taking over in the future.
“He has announced that he will run again in 2024,” Haley told Fox News on Wednesday. The former governor of South Carolina that she believes with absolute certainty that if you vote for Joe Biden, you are counting on a President Harris. According to Haley, her logic is that simple; it is statistically improbable that Biden will live to be 86. In other words, the odds are not in his favor.
There are skeptics, such as the writer for Bulwark, Will Saletan, who pointed out that, according to the Social Security Administration, the average 80-year-old male can expect to live 7.74 years longer.
However, the average 80-year-old male is not also performing one of the most demanding occupations in the world — leaving commentators stunned by how much it typically ages a two-term president.
In addition, we are dealing with a particular 80-year-old male who is already doing this:
So, yeah — maybe we can toss out the Social Security Administration data here and assume, based on a single specific data, he’s asking us to endorse the very real possibility of a President Kamala Harris shortly. And if there is anyone in Washington who is currently more detested than Joe Biden, it is Kamala Harris.
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average as of Friday morning, Biden has a 43% approval rating and a 53% disapproval rating. Harris, meanwhile, has a 38.5% favorable to 54.5% unfavorable rating.
This represents a difference of 5.5 percentage points between Biden’s negative 10.5% approval rating and Harris’ negative 16% rating.
Nonetheless, it is important to note that Haley, who served as U.N. ambassador under President Donald Trump, has argued that age should be a factor for reasons beyond Joe Biden.
The Hill noted that shortly after she announced her candidacy in February, Haley called for “mental competency tests” for any politicians over the age of 75, which would include Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination.
At her Charleston, South Carolina, campaign kickoff rally, Halley said that she sees a future where Congress will be subject to term limits, and all politicians over 75 will be required to pass a mental competency test.
Haley is 51 years old. According to former CNN host Don Lemon, this does not make her a spring chicken. The comment may be one of the reasons he is now, among other things, “the formerly employed CNN host.”
It is difficult to imagine Biden doing the job unaided shortly, let alone in six years. The Democrats don’t want to mention that a vote for Biden is a vote for Harris, but everyone is well aware of why. Unless New York Representative George Santos somehow obtains the Republican presidential nomination, it would be difficult to find a Republican more unpopular than Kamala Harris.
Biden’s biggest issue may be more than the economy and potential third world war; his biggest problem may be his age. The fact that Haley is willing to talk about it means that others are going to be doing the same.