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Biden gets boost in age debate — from elderly congress members Schumer and Pelosi

Elderly
President
Biden
on
Tuesday
got
a
boost
in
the
raging
debate
over
his
“diminished
faculties”
from
two
top
Dem
congress
members

83-year-old
Rep.
Nancy
Pelosi
and
73-year-old
Sen.
Chuck
Schumer.

The
pair
of
aged
pols
defended
the
81-year-old
Biden’s
mental
prowess
despite
his

string
of
public
lapses

and
a
scathing
special
counsel
report
alleging
the
Democratic
president
has
“diminished
faculties”

all
of
which
are
seriously
worrying
a
majority
of
voters.


Senate
Majority
Leader
Schumer

(D-NY)
heartily
rebuffed
narratives
about
Biden’s
cognitive
abilities
waning
and
brushed
aside
the
president’s
string
of
very
public
mishaps.

“I
talk
to President
Biden regularly.
Usually
several
times
in
a
week.
His
mental
acuity
is
great,
it’s
fine.
It’s
as
good
as
it’s
been
over
the
years,”
Schumer
told
reporters.

“He’s
fine.
All
this
right-wing
propaganda
that
his
mental
acuity
has
declined
is
wrong,”
the
Democratic
pol
said.

Just
the
day
before,
Biden
was
seen
with
a

seemingly
confused
look
on
his
face

pacing
back
and
forth
while
King
Abdullah
II
of
Jordan
spoke
at
the
White
House.

Chuck
Schumer,
73,
was
adamant
that
he’s
worked
closely
with
President
Biden
and
believes
he’s
sharp.

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Elderly
California
Rep.
Nancy
Pelosi,
here
on
Capitol
Hill
earlier
this
month,
also
has
tried
to
dismiss
concerns
about
Biden’s
age.

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Last
Thursday,
special
counsel
Robert
Hur
dropped
a
blistering
report
in
which
he
said
he
was
declining
to
press
charges
involving
alleged
classified-document
mishandling
by
Biden
partly
because
he
believed
that
a
jury
would
not
convict
a
“well-meaning
elderly
man
with
a
poor
memory”
and
“diminished
faculties.”

Hur
documented
a
series
of
alleged
forgetfullness
by
Biden
during
their
roughly
five-hour
interview,
including
over
precisely
when
the
president’s
oldest
son
Beau
died
of
brain
cancer,
adding
that
the
president
“did
not
remember
when
he
was
vice
president.”

Biden,
his
allies,
and
lawyer
Bob
Bauer,
who
was
in
the
room,
disputed
some
of
those
claims.
They
also
underscored
that
Hur
was
previously
a
Republican
appointee
as
attorney
for
the
district
of
Maryland.

But
in
a
press
conference
Thursday
evening
to
rebut
the
critique
of
his
mental
sharpness,
Biden
conflated
the
presidents
of
Egypt
and
Mexico
during
a
riff
on
the
war
in
Israel.

Special
Counsel
Robert
Hur,
a
former
Republican
attorney
for
Maryland,
raised
questions
about
the
president’s
memory.

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At
the
White
House
on
Monday,
Biden
sought
to
make
light
of
the
political
heart
palpitations
over
his
age.

“I
know
I
don’t
look
like
it,
but
I’ve
been
around
a
while,”
Biden
joked.
“I
do
remember
that!”

A
melange
of
polling
has
pegged
deep
voter
unease
about
the
president’s
age.
Should
he
win
a
second
term
this
November,
he
will
be
86
at
its
hypothetical
conclusion.

Very
few
Democrats
have
dared
to
publicly
question
Biden’s
mental
sharpness,
but
the
issue
looms
large
atop
the
minds
of
voters.

A
staggering
86%
of
US
adults
believe
Biden
is
too
old
for
another
term
in
an ABC
News/Ipsos
poll
 that
dropped
Sunday.

Rivals
such
as
Republican
presidential
hopeful
Nikki
Haley
have
needled
him
on
the
age-old
question
and
suggested
he
take
an
assessment
to
gauge
his
cognitive
abilities.

President
Biden
appears
dazed
at
one
point
while
with
King
Abdullah
II
of
Jordan
at
the
White
House
on
Monday.

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The
White
House
has

spurned
pressure
for
him
to
do
so
.

“The
president
proves
every
day
[in]
how
he
operates
and
how
he
thinks

by
dealing
with
world
leaders,
by
making
difficult
decisions
on
behalf
of
the
American
people,”
White
House
press
secretary
Karine
Jean-Pierre
told
reporters
Monday,
quoting
Biden’s
physician,
Dr.
Kevin
O’Connor.

“That
is
how
Dr.
O’Connor
sees
it,
and
that
is
how
I’m
going
to
leave
it,”
she
said.

Biden
has
had
two
publicly
released
health
summaries
from
O’Connor:
in

2021

and

2023
.

His
allies
have
sought
to
turn
the
focus
to
his
leading
rival,
Republican
former
President
Donald
Trump,
77,
who
has
similarly
had
a
string
of
mishaps
on
the
campaign
stump.

This
includes
conflating
Haley
with
former
House
Speaker
Pelosi
and
Biden
with
ex-President
Barack
Obama.

Questions
about
President
Biden’s
age
have
long
dogged
him
throughout
the
2024
election
cycle.

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Schumer,
who
just
scored
a
key
victory
with
the
passage
of
the
roughly
$95
billion
supplemental
aid
package
for
Ukraine,
Israel
and
Taiwan,
also
urged
the
House
of
Representatives
to
consider
the
bill
when
speaking
with
reporters
Tuesday.

House
Speaker
Mike
Johnson
(R-La.)
already
came
out
against
the
sweeping
bill,
and
Schumer
demurred
when
asked
if
he
wants
House
Democrats
to
deploy
a
parliamentary
procedure
known
as
a
discharge
petition
as
a
workaround.

“It’s
clear
that
if
Speaker
Johnson
brings
this
bill
to
the
House
floor,
it
will
pass
with
that
same
bipartisan
support,”
Schumer
said.
“I
call
on
speaker
Johnson
to
rise
to
the
occasion
to
do
the
right
thing.”

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