On Friday (May 5), President Joe Biden claimed Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t received “the credit she deserves” while defending his reelection campaign strategy that prominently features Harris amid questions about Biden’s aging.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, Biden, 80, was asked what message his campaign was sending by featuring Harris “ten times” in a video announcing his reelection bid.
In response, Biden expressed his belief that Harris “hasn’t gotten the credit she deserves.”
Biden then mentioned Harris’s achievements, including her service as attorney general for California and being a U.S. senator, asserting the Vice President is “very good,” and hadn’t “gotten the attention she deserves” amid everything that was going on.
Ruhle noted that Biden, already the oldest president in U.S. history, would be 82 at the start of a second term if he wins reelection.
Ruhle pointed to “critics” suggesting Biden was promoting the Vice President “because they think you wouldn’t serve a full term,” highlighting that there wasn’t a Fortune 500 company in the world that would hire an 80-year-old CEO, querying why an 82-year-old “Biden [would] be the right person for the most important job in the world?”
Biden defended himself, saying people should entrust him with the job because he has a lot of “wisdom and know[s] more than the vast majority of people.”
Biden also touted his age as giving him “more experience than anybody” who’s ever run for office.
Despite Biden’s assurances that he is fit enough for a second term, a recent CBS poll found almost half of Democratic voters didn’t want Bidne to run again, with most pointing to his age.