(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Twice failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has undercut Joe Biden politically by admitting that Americans’ concern over Biden’s advanced age is a “legitimate issue.”
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Clinton’s remarks came in an under-the-radar interview during the Financial Times Weekend Festival in Washington, DC.
She was asked about Biden stumbling during the recent G7 summit in Japan.
“There was that heart-stopping moment when he almost fell over coming down the stairs a day or two ago. He didn’t use a railing, and Jill wasn’t there with him,” said Financial Times editor Edward Luce.
“Every time that happens, your heart is in your mouth because these things could be consequential. Is that a concern?” he added.
Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump and the 2008 Democrat nomination to Barack Obama, argued Biden’s age was a worry for everyone.
“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,” the former First Lady said.
“But his age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it,” she added, as cited by Fox News.
“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,” Clinton elaborated.
She then found more words of praise for 80-year-old Biden, who recently announced he was seeking reelection.
“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. 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,” commented the former US secretary of state.
The report describes her words as a “departure” from the stance of other high-profile Democrats who think Biden’s age should be of no concern.
The president’s aides, including White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, have routinely downplayed questions about the president’s mental and cognitive prowess.
“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,” Jean-Pierre told now-former CNN anchor Don Lemon last year.
Also last year, then-White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain lauded Biden’s physical fitness.
“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,” Klain told the Economic Club of Washington.