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A Battle of Wits Between Trump and Biden over Age and Energy


Meriam H. Helal

Wed, 01 May 2019 11:24 GMT

The battle is on between President Trump and Joe Biden, even if a general election contest is still distant. The 76-year-old Biden entered the 2020 race this past week and quickly claimed front-runner status in the crowded field. President Donald Trump, who is 72, said that the former vice president is too old to run for the Oval Office. He told reporters that he doesn't know, "what the hell happened to Biden.”

Trump said other 2020 candidates are, "making me look very young.” He added, "I would never say anyone is too old but I know they're all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy. I think you people know that better than anybody.”

Experts say, it seems like Trump and Biden are in a battle of wits as they campaign in states seen as crucial to any 2020 success for either. Wisconsin, where Trump rallied supporters on April 27th, and Pennsylvania, where Biden made his first campaign stop in Pittsburgh on April 20th. Biden also held his first campaign fundraiser in Philadelphia on April 25th, which netted more than $700,000 of the $6.3 million he raised in 24 hours. 

Biden was President Barack Obama's vice president for eight years and served as a US senator from Delaware for more than three decades. His fans say he has the experience and the toughness to defeat Republican President Donald Trump and would appeal to working-class voters who supported Trump in 2016. They also say Biden will prove to be an appealing candidate because of his buoyant personality and optimism.

According to a Franklin and Marshall College poll, 61% of registered voters believe it’s time to elect a new president, Only 36% believe Trump should be reelected.

Biden is ahead among the Democrats and among independents who lean towards the Democrats with 13% of the vote, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on April 28th. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has 9%. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, has 5%.

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