South Carolina Democrat nominee for governor, former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, suggested Joe Biden not seek another term in 2024, citing Biden’s age.
The Hill reports:
During an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Cunningham was asked if he believed Biden, who is 79, was too old to run for reelection.
“Yeah, I think we need to have a new generation of leadership emerge. And this isn’t, you know, as the video said, judges in South Carolina have to retire at age 72. Democrats have a very deep bench, and it’s time to allow a new generation to emerge and new talent,” Cunningham replied, referring to a campaign ad released on Wednesday calling for age limits.
“I think we need to have a new vision, new leadership. And this isn’t about, personal about Biden, but he’d be 82 [by the] time of the next election. If he served out a second term, he would be 86 years old. I’m not sure if any of us know any 86-year-olds who should be running the entire country,” the former congressman added later.
CNN showed a tweet from 2018 in which Cunningham touted then-Vice President Biden’s endorsement in his congressional race, an election he later won, flipping a seat that had been red for decades.
Age limits on politicians is a new idea to a very old problem. We need to end the geriatric oligarchy that has held us back for far too long. Watch and share this video and help us bring South Carolina out of the past and into the future. pic.twitter.com/UQbN98Qr5L
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 22, 2022
Also Thursday, USA Today ran a column saying Biden must step aside for the “good of our nation:”