Questions about former Vice President Joe Biden’s mental fitness are seeping into mainstream discussion, as Biden continues to make head-scratching remarks, and as his fellow Democratic candidates have started to broach the subject.
Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro’s jab at Biden’s memory on Thursday night was widely interpreted as a veiled reference to Biden’s age and mental fitness — though Castro later claimed he wasn’t commenting on Biden’s age at all.
“And I think that Castro had some really legitimate concerns about — can he be someone in a long grueling campaign who can get the ball over the line? And I think [Castro] has every right to call that out,” he added.
Biden sparked questions about himself with a bizarre reference to record players while answering a question about the legacy of slavery.
“Social workers help parents deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help, they don’t know what to play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the — make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school — a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there,” Biden said.
Zack Beauchamp, a writer with left-wing website Vox, argued that Biden’s strange answer “has to raise questions about Biden’s mental fitness for office, especially given his age.
In another odd moment Thursday night, Biden referred to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as “the president.” Biden also referred to himself as the current vice president during a question about the Obama administration, saying: “I’m the vice president of the United States.”
The Daily Beast’s debate coverage noted that “over the course of three hours, and the post-debate spin as well, Biden’s mental standing was not just the subtext, but the focus of the conversation.” [READ MORE...]