A majority of voters find President Biden too old to seek re-election, according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal.
Experts compare Biden’s approval ratings amid attempts to contain inflation to Donald Trump’s favorability in a 2024 rematch, while also commenting on North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un’s plans to meet with President Vladimir Putin in Russia.
You could call it an age-old question: How old is too old to hold public office?
Long-debated in American politics, it’s come to the fore once again after an alarming moment last week when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to freeze for half a minute while answering reporter questions, strikingly similar to another such episode in July.
Doctors tell ABC News that anyone who experiences similar symptoms — regardless of their age — should seek immediate medical attention. And McConnell’s office has since released a statement that he’s medically clear to work. But the episode has sparked renewed concern about the 81-year-old Republican leader’s health after a March concussion — and broader questions about the relatively advanced ages of some of the nation’s most powerful elected officials.
Those questions also made headlines when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, now 90, returned to Capitol Hill this spring visibly frail and appearing disoriented after being sidelined due to a case of shingles that resulted in serious complications. Her monthslong absence prompted calls for her to resign earlier than her planned January 2025 exit.