Former UN ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has called for mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old.
This has brought attention to the age of the two presumptive front-runners in the 2024 presidential campaign — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
Vice President Kamala Harris was asked whether she thought requiring cognitive tests for elderly politicians was a good idea, to which she responded in a circuitous, incomprehensible way. Harris’ response has been criticized as a non-answer and being incompatible with coherence.
- Haley is calling for mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old.
- The attention is drawn to the age of the presumptive front-runners for the 2024 presidential campaign, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
- Vice President Kamala Harris responded in a circuitous, incomprehensible way when asked about cognitive tests for elderly politicians.
- Democrats have previously criticized Trump’s cognitive decline and the need for the 25th Amendment, but are now facing the issue themselves.
- Biden’s cognition has been a real issue, and attention is being brought to it.
Commentary: The issue of cognitive decline and the age of politicians is not a new one, but it has gained more attention in recent years.
Haley’s call for mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old is a step in the right direction. It is important for leaders to be mentally fit and capable of making important decisions for their constituents.
The response from Vice President Harris, however, was disappointing and raises concerns about her own abilities to effectively communicate and lead.
It is important for politicians to be held accountable and for their cognitive abilities to be evaluated as part of their fitness for office. The issue of cognitive decline should not be partisan, and all politicians should be evaluated fairly and objectively.