Joe Biden on Saturday rejected the idea that he’s too old to run for office.
“I know I get criticized — ‘Biden says he can bring the country together.’ Well guess what? I refuse to accept, ‘He’s the old guy.’ I refuse to accept the status quo,” the 76-year-old said at a fundraiser in California, according to Politico.
The comments came after rival Rep. Eric Swalwell of California poked at Biden during the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, suggesting the elder pol should “pass the torch.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders — who, at 77, is the only 2020 Democratic candidate older than Biden — said after the debate that Swalwell’s remark smacked of ageism.
President Trump, who turned 73 on June 14, is among those who suggest Biden is too old for the job.
“I would never say anyone’s too old, but I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy,” the president said in April, after Biden joined the race. He has since referred to Biden as “Sleepy Joe” on Twitter and questioned his mental capacity.
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