Is Biden's age really what Democrats are worried about?

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President Biden's approval rating has dropped into the low 30s, according to recent polls, and the chances are rising that he could face a challenge in the primaries if he follows through on his plan to run for a second term. A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found that 64 percent of Democratic voters said they would prefer a new nominee for their party in the 2024 presidential race. "Unless Biden comes to his senses and announces that he won't run again, a contentious battle for the nomination seems very likely," Norman Solomon, founder of the progressive network RootsAction, told The Hill.

Biden still has plenty of Democrats in his corner, but many are concerned about his struggle to advance his political agenda. Skeptics question whether he is up to a possible rematch against former President Donald Trump. In union meetings, Capitol Hill offices, and fundraising galas around the country, an increasing number of Democrats are "quietly worrying about Mr. Biden's leadership," according to The New York Times. And one concern for an increasing number of Democrats is Biden's age. At 79, he's already "a year older than Ronald Reagan was at the end of two terms," the Times notes, and if he wins a second term he'll be 86 by the time his second term ends. Is Biden's age something Democrats should consider when they decide who will be their presidential candidate in 2024?

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Harold Maass, The Week US

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.