RFK Jr. asks Biden to prove fitness by debating him

September 2, 2023
Robert Ayers

Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. just called upon President Joe Biden to prove his fitness for office by debating Kennedy. 

Kennedy did so Friday on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kennedy wrote:

President Biden could put to rest any concerns about his fitness for office by engaging me in a vigorous, issues-oriented debate. Let’s end the speculation and let the voters see for themselves. #Kennedy24 Quote tweet #BidenDebateKennedy if you agree. 

Kennedy, along with this message, retweeted a poll from CNBC's Brian Sullivan, which asked, "Should the DNC permit at least one primary debate between President Biden & RFK Jr (or any other Democrat candidate meeting certain thresholds .. certainly one or more could jump in)." Nearly 75% responded in the affirmative.


More and more questions continue to be raised about Biden's fitness for office. The questions are not just being raised by Republicans, either. Democrats are also raising them.

Fox News reports:

The Associated Press-NORC poll found that 77% of Americans say Biden is too old to carry out a second term. While an unsurprising 89% of Republicans expressed the sentiment, an impressive 69% of Democrats also say Biden is no longer up to the task, according to the poll.

This is especially problematic for Biden and the Democrats because Biden is not only running for reelection in 2024, but he is the clear frontrunner to get his party's 2024 presidential nomination.

Real Clear Politics currently has Biden leading his next closest Democratic rival by a staggering 53%, on average.

Biden's next closest rival is Kennedy. The tally is 65.8% for Biden to 12.8% for Kennedy.

No debates for Biden

Despite all of the criticisms of Biden, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) continues to stand firmly behind the president.

The DNC, for example, has refused to schedule any debates between Biden and Kennedy. This appears to be a rather blatant attempt to protect Biden's status as the party's clear 2024 frontrunner.

Kennedy is now doing his best to try to force the DNC's hand by repeatedly calling out Biden's fitness and challenging him to a debate. Kennedy also challenged Biden to a debate during a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel's Jesse Waters Primetime.

There, Kennedy was asked about Biden's fitness for office.  Kennedy said that the presidency requires someone to be  "in good shape." And, Kennedy added, "If [Biden] feels that he's up to that, then he should debate me."

Kennedy is doing his best here, but, at this point, it seems unlikely that such a debate will happen. The DNC just is not going to jeopardize Biden's big lead in the polls.

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