Joe Biden’s Age Matters Even More if He Wins

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden discusses his plans to develop and distribute a safe coronavirus vaccine if elected president during a campaign statement after being briefed by public health experts in Wilmington, Del., September 16, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
That Joe Biden can read a teleprompter changes nothing.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D o Joe Biden’s old age and visible decline still matter? The buzz after his generally well-received, stumble-free acceptance speech at the Democratic convention was that they don’t. But that just meant people were asking the wrong question. And Biden’s carefully stage-managed appearances since then have revived the question, given his apparent reliance on teleprompters to get through interviews (a touchy subject with his staffers) and use of pre-screened lists to control the questions he is asked.

Donald Trump and his allies have, of course, oversold the extent of Biden’s cognitive decline and decrepitude while Biden has been off the campaign trail.

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