She made the remarks during the Financial Times Weekend Festival held in Washington, D.C. last May 20. Financial Times (FT) editor Edward Luce asked the former secretary of state about the 80-year-old Biden stumbling at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Japan.
He asked: "There was that heart stopping moment when he almost fell over coming down the stairs. He didn't use a railing, and [First Lady] Jill [Biden] wasn't there with him. Every time that happens, your heart is in your mouth because these things could be consequential. Is that a concern?"
"It's a concern for everyone," responded Clinton. "We've had presidents who had fallen before who were a lot younger, and people didn't go into heart palpitations. But his age is an issue, and people have every right to consider it."
The former first lady cited a maxim from Biden: "He has this great saying – and I think he's right – 'Don't judge him for running against the Almighty, but against the alternative.'"
Nevertheless, Clinton told Luce: "I am of the camp that I think he's determined to run. He has a good record that, three years ago, people would not have predicted would have gotten done. He doesn't get the credit yet for what is happening out in the country in terms of jobs, growth and planning for the future. So, I obviously hope he stays very focused and able to compete in the election because I think he can be re-elected, and that's what we should all hope for." (Related: 25 NIGHTMARE things that will happen if Joe Biden wins the election.)
Despite the former first lady's comments about Biden's age being a legitimate issue, the White House has repeatedly downplayed concerns about the chief executive's mental and physical fitness. Last summer, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed a question from news anchor Don Lemon about the president's state of health.
"That is not a question that we should be even asking," she said. "Just look at the work he does, and look how he's delivering for the American public."
Last year, former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain praised Biden's fitness during a virtual interview with the Economic Club of Washington. He later left the White House in February.
"He's definitely in better shape than I am, that's for sure. He's very fit and he works out almost every day in the morning before he comes down to the Oval Office," Klain said at the time. "People see him on the job every day and then what they see is a person who is fully capable of doing the job, fully vigorous, in great mental and physical health, and taking on the burdens of the office and executing them well."
Two members of Congress also noted that Biden is at the peak of health. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said the chief executive "puts many of us to shame with his energy." Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) remarked that he appreciates Biden's "wisdom even more."
In contrast, Republicans have criticized Biden for his many verbal gaffes. They have repeatedly called on him to take a cognitive examination – a challenge that remains unanswered.
GOP presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has called for mental health fitness tests for anyone older than 75. The call was a thinly veiled swipe at Biden and her fellow GOP presidential candidate, 76-year-old Donald Trump.
But Trump agreed with Haley, noting that great mental acuity and physical stamina are required for anyone wanting to become the chief executive.
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