Democrats are divided over whether Biden’s age makes him too old for the White House or the “Tom Brady” of politics

Democrats are divided on the issue of President Biden’s age, though many say it’s time for the 80-year-old to step down, according to a report Monday.

Biden’s age was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday as the 46th president celebrated his 80th birthday. While many Democrats are hoping that Biden will step down after his term expires in 2024, the White House still insists he intends to run. One Democrat even compared him to NFL superstar Tom Brady, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Tom Brady won a Super Bowl at 43,” Larry Drake, chairman of New Hampshire’s Rockingham County Democrats, told WSJ. “I think we need to rethink our views on aging and all of that.”

Rep. Jaun Vargas, D-Calif., echoed Drake’s sentiment, telling the outlet, “I gotta tell you, I think he’s all there.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media after his team’s loss to the Panthers October 23, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Not all Democrats have been so charitable, however, pointing to Biden’s numerous gaffes and instances where he seems to lose the train of thought.

“You can see the differences between then and now,” Liano Sharon, a delegate for the Democratic National Committee, told WSJ, adding that Biden “lost a step.”

President Biden delivers remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House on July 28, 2022.

President Biden delivers remarks on the Inflation Reduction Act at the White House on July 28, 2022.
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Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., also says it’s time for Biden to gracefully retire.

“I think he did a wonderful job of being the bridge that he promised,” Phillips told the outlet. “The problem is that it’s just about time a new generation of leaders took part.”

Rep. Dean Phillips speaks during the Problem Solvers Caucus press briefing on February 11, 2020 at the Capitol.

Rep. Dean Phillips speaks during the Problem Solvers Caucus press briefing on February 11, 2020 at the Capitol.
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Biden acknowledged in October that questions about his age were “entirely legitimate.”

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“I think it’s legitimate to be concerned about anyone’s age, including mine. That’s perfectly legitimate. But I think the best way to judge is to watch me. Am I slowing down? I’m not? not the same pace?” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC.

Biden is the oldest person to ever hold the office of President and he will be nearly 82 years old on Election Day 2024.

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