The reaction was not quite what the president was seeking. Person Woman Man Camera TV – Trump shirt In repeatedly bringing up his cognitive test in recent weeks, he has been trying to bolster his strategy of questioning the mental acuity of his presumptive Democratic presidential opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whom he has portrayed as a doddering old man propped up by his staff.
But in doing so, the president who has called himself a “very stable genius” reinforced concerns about his own capacity, leaving voters who are already confronting the oldest matchup of presidential candidates in American history to decide which septuagenarian is still with it — Mr. Trump at 74 or Mr. Biden at 77.
Mr. Biden has sought to fend off questions about his state of mind for months, going back to the primary campaign when fellow Democrats pointed to gaffes, misstatements and stumbles over words.
In the months since, Mr. Biden has been less visible than a challenger normally would be because of the coronavirus pandemic that has forced lockdowns and canceled traditional campaign rallies. But Democrats privately express concern about the potential for embarrassing moments once the campaign ratchets up in the fall.
Mr. Biden sought to dismiss any concerns at a news conference three weeks ago, telling reporters that he was up to the rigors of the campaign trail and the presidency when asked if he had taken a cognitive test. Person Woman Man Camera TV shirt “I’ve been tested, and I’m constantly tested,” he said. “Look, all you’ve got to do is watch me, and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”