Biden fights back on age

AMERICAN POLITICSAge has emerged as an issue in the race for the US Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the wake of the latest candidates’ debate.

Former US vice-president and Democratic frontrunner for the party’s nomination, Joe Biden, faced questions about his age during and after last week’s debate.

Mr Biden turns 77 in November and will be 78 when he takes office in January 2021 if he wins next November’s presidential election.

Following the debate, Mr Biden’s campaign team arranged a visit to a Californian beach — nominally to announce his policy on coastal protection in the face of climate change but also as an opportunity to show he was still fit and suitable for office (main picture).

He used the event as an opportunity to shut down questions about whether he is too old to run for president, let alone serve a four-year term which would end when he was 81.

“I’m fighting fit in mind and body,” Mr Biden told reporters. “I’m not going to keep answering questions about my age.

“This is the last time I talk about it. So let’s get on with this campaign and let’s work to get me in the White House and Donald Trump out of it.”

Mr Biden then invited reporters and photographers to join him for a dip in the surf after which, he promised, he would answer questions on his coastal protection policy.

Emerging from the water after a 10-minute swim, Mr Biden told reporters: “I’m fighting fit in mind and body. I’m not going to keep answering questions about my age.

“This is the last time I talk about it. So let’s get on with this campaign and let’s work to get me in the White House and Donald Trump out of it.”

bernie pjsMr Biden then invited reporters and photographers to join him for a dip in the surf after which, he promised, he would answer questions on his coastal protection policy.

A Biden campaign spokesperson said it was unfair for the media to focus on his candidate’s age while ignoring the fact rival Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders was already 78 and had taken part in the latest Democratic Party debate in pyjamas (pictured).