Republicans are criticizing all of the recent gaffes from President Biden ahead of the midterm elections. They are also looking for ways to make people question Biden’s competence ahead of the elections and the 2024 presidential race.
The GOP is particularly focusing on a moment from an event last week in which Biden kept asking whether a congresswoman who died in August was at the event he was speaking in.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) said that this was one of the biggest failures that Biden made last week and said that the White House refusing to apologize for what Biden said was “tough to watch”. The RNC did not focus on Biden’s age in their criticism although it is obvious from many of the attacks he has faced by various Republicans that Biden’s age is viewed as one of his shortcomings.
Democrats are also wondering whether Biden is going to be running in the next presidential election as he will be 81 years old. They also worry that this could mean that swing voters will not vote for him.
One Democratic strategist has said that all of the criticism that the President has faced about his age is not good and that Biden would need to start being more careful to not give ammunition to the other side.
However, it is important to note that Biden had been making gaffes long before his age was at the forefront. In 2007, then-Sen. Biden had to apologize for saying that then. Sen. Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African American” presidential candidate “who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Still, today’s gaffes are frequently being used by those Republicans who want to raise doubts about Biden’s competence at his current age.