Joe Cunningham, Democrat candidate for South Carolina governor, has come out against a Biden candidacy in 2024.
The Hill reports that Cunningham cited Biden’s age as the decisive factor for the president not to give it another run.
While speaking to CNN’s “New Day” Cunningham responded to a question about Biden’s age currently being 79 saying:
“Yeah, I think we need to have a new generation of leadership emerge. And this isn’t, you know, as the video said, judges in South Carolina have to retire at age 72. Democrats have a very deep bench, and it’s time to allow a new generation to emerge and new talent,” Cunningham replied, referring to a campaign ad released on Wednesday calling for age limits.
“I think we need to have a new vision, new leadership. And this isn’t about, personal about Biden, but he’d be 82 [by the] time of the next election. If he served out a second term, he would be 86 years old. I’m not sure if any of us know any 86-year-olds who should be running the entire country…”
Cunningham said he also believes an age limit restriction should be applied to congresspeople as well. This was in reference to South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn (D) being 81.