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US 2024 Elections: Age is in the election campaign

Washington, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump are classed nowadays as too old for another term in the White House, according to a recent poll released by ABC News/Ipsos.

During the poll, it was found that 59% of respondents felt that both Biden (81) and Trump (77) would not be fit to serve another term.

The age issue decidedly crept into the election campaign after a report released last week by special prosecutor Robert Hur that should have been a political triumph for Biden because he would not face charges for handling classified documents.

However, Hur drew a devastating picture of Joe Biden as a nice old man with good intentions, but with a bad memory who expressed diminished faculties during investigation.

Hur, who was appointed in 2017 by Trump as federal prosecutor of Maryland, made a series of references in his conclusion that diminished Biden in his cognitive abilities when he posited that he was unable to remember the date of his own son’s death and even when he served as vice president under Barack Obama´s administration (2009-2017).

The prosecutor set off, as local media pointed out, the ticking time bomb, also giving fuel to Republicans and Trump himself for strong attacks over Biden.

An NBC poll also showed that 76% (including 81% of independents and 54% of Democrats) considered that the US president lacks mental and physical health necessary for another four years. The percentage regarding Trump was 48% in that same poll.

For some Democratic strategists what happened with Hur’s report is not transient nor can it be minimized.

“The report is very bad and poses a very real political danger,” Dan Pfeiffer said in his newsletter and Biden’s “age is his biggest obstacle to be reelected and this description can be very damaging.”

The president stressed that he has a good memory, but unfortunately he committed a new lapse that added fuel to the fire.


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