ATLANTA — Super Tuesday (March 5) and Georgia’s own presidential primary (March 12) are fast approaching.
In fact, early voting for Georgia’s primary begins on February 19, just one week from Monday.
And the issue of age is once again in the spotlight, especially with leading candidates from both parties, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
Democrats now have new concerns about the president. Biden’s mental fitness for the job.
In the battleground state of Georgia, Democratic activists on Thursday urged voters to vote for Biden, hours after the release of a special counsel report that said President Joe Biden had a “poor memory” about his career and family. He was preparing to request that he remain in office until he retires. 86.
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At the Georgia Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser, party chairwoman Rep. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was in high spirits as the audience cheered.
“This is the year we solidify our status as a true blue state by sending President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris back to the White House!” said Congressman Williams.
Dr. Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, said Democrats will likely face this problem by denying the problem exists.
“Democrats will rally around the candidates they have,” she said Friday. “It’s really too late to change course at this point, so it’s not the time to want another candidate… There are no strong alternatives waiting in the wings.”
So the president’s top allies launched a counterattack on Friday, calling out the description of Biden’s poor memory as “unwarranted and inappropriate against the president,” in the words of Ian Sams of the White House Counsel’s Office at a press conference. “It’s a terrible criticism.”
Vice President Kamala Harris echoed Sams’ comments, calling them “an unfair and inappropriate criticism of the president and clearly politically motivated.”
“My memory is fine,” President Biden told reporters Thursday. Later, as widely reported, Mr. Biden said, “President Sisi of Mexico…” referring to the Mexican president, misspelling the Egyptian president’s name.
“And that’s the problem,” Gillespie said. “There’s been a long-standing rumor that Joe Biden is probably past his prime. And every time someone covers his gaffes, every time he confuses people or puts people in the wrong decade And that feeling becomes even stronger.”
Regarding former President Donald Trump’s mental fitness to be president, Gillespie said voters will be more concerned about who should take office in 2024 than in previous elections, “given that President Trump is not much younger than President Biden.” He said it could be a worrying year. The Vice President will be his first successor.
“I think this amplifies the importance of the vice-presidential nominee, when normally the vice-presidential nominee is not,” she said. “The choice of vice president is important.”
Potentially, she said, running mates could be the key to who wins in 2024.