Nikki Haley is grabbing headlines amid fresh comments that older politicians should face a cognitive test.
“Well what I’ll tell you is, rather than making this about a person, we seriously need to have a conversation that if you’re gonna have anyone above a certain age in a position of power — whether it’s the House, whether it’s the Senate, whether it’s vice president, whether it’s president — you should have some sort of cognitive test,” Haley said during an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network.
Notably, President Joe Biden is 78 years old, and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is 81 years old. Haley, by contrast, is just 49 years old.
“And right now, let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of people in leadership positions that are old,” Haley said. “And that’s not being disrespectful. That’s a fact. And when it comes to that, this shouldn’t be partisan. We should seriously be looking at the ages of the people that are running our country and understand if that’s what we want.”
Meanwhile, the latest polling shows Americans are not confident in Biden’s mental aptitude. Issues & Insights released a poll this week showing that only 42% say the leader of the U.S. is “mentally sharp.”
“The poll tried to gauge the public’s perceptions of Biden on several measures, including mental abilities, by asking a random sampling of adults to ‘indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following descriptions of President Joe Biden,'” the group said.
“Among the choices given were ‘mentally sharp,’ ‘energetic,’ and ‘a good communicator.’ The results are not good for Biden. Just 42% of those polled say they think the president is ‘mentally sharp,’ and 42% say he’s ‘energetic.’ (Half those polled say he isn’t mentally sharp or energetic.) Fewer than half surveyed (47%) say Biden is a ‘good communicator.'”