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Age a factor in presidential race



The issue of age is again moving to the forefront of the U.S. presidential election. It is no secret that both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are senior citizens, each hoping to spend four more years in the Oval Office. There have been plenty of jokes about Biden’s age and even mental acuity since the campaign began. But a new special prosecutor’s report paints a harsh picture of the President. While recommending no charges be filed in a case dealing with classified documents, the report refers to Biden as a “well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory” and described his memory as “hazy.” Biden isn’t helping his cause, mistakenly confusing the names of the President of Egypt and Mexico. Of course, Trump has had his share of gaffes, at times seeming to confuse Biden with President Obama, and confusing his opponent Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi. What should we expect? My mother is 86 years old and makes her share of gaffes. It is common in old people, especially when they spend so much time talking. But these are our choices for President. Two old men, and neither will be getting any younger should they win another four-year term.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kevin

    February 12, 2024 at 9:24 am

    You have got to be blind/deaf/dumb to understand it isn’t age that is the problem. Biden is visibly, audibly and intellectually impaired. To try and compare speaking gaffes and name confusion during a conversation is once again intellectually dishonest. We can see he is not physically nimble. We can see he gets confused easily, We can see & hear that his speech is confused and garbled. We can see and hear that his logic is impaired.

    The folks on the left, the chamber of commerce republicans have been accusing Trump of being intellectually and mentally impaired since he started running his campaign for presidency. He has been accused of being fat, of having health conditions, intellectual impairment, blah blah blah. You folks on the left can’t even say, Biden is impaired. My father has the same symptoms as Biden, we won’t let him drive anymore, he has fits of anger, he loses track of the conversation, and sometimes where he is at. It is confusing to him and us. Sometimes there are moments of great clarity, but the moments of impaired clarity out number the times of great clarity.

    I would never let him have the keys to the nuclear arsenal, the economy, the war machine….Who is running the nation when Joe has the moments of confusion, which far outnumber his moments of clarity.

    BE HONEST and you may regain some credibility. Right now you are just a leftist hack.

  2. Walden

    February 12, 2024 at 10:03 am

    Interesting slight of hand. We see what you are doing…now that we all know Biden is mentally deficient you are seeking to say “but he’s not the only one” by accusing Trump of age related problems as well, when there is no comparison between the two.

    Meanwhile, Biden is destroying the country and brags about it.

    More MSM “here is what we want you to believe today.”

  3. Kent Porter

    February 14, 2024 at 6:21 am

    80 should the cut off

    • Gregg

      February 15, 2024 at 9:41 am

      I found it interesting that the Green Bay Packers have a max 70yrs old rule for their CEO in their contract:)

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