Democratic presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has issued a challenge to incumbent President Joe Biden, inviting him to participate in a primary debate to prove his mental and physical fitness for office. Kennedy’s call for a debate was made via a tweet on Friday, where he emphasized the need to address concerns surrounding President Biden’s ability to serve a second term.
In his tweet, Kennedy stated, “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.” He further promoted the hashtag “#BidenDebateKennedy” to draw attention to his proposal.
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
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) September 1, 2023
These questions regarding President Biden’s suitability for a second term have become a topic of increased interest and urgency. While the Republican opposition has long raised concerns, a growing number of journalists and even some Democrats have also started to question his ability to serve effectively. This scrutiny has led to members of the White House press corps posing direct questions to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about President Biden’s age and fitness for office, though she has consistently dismissed these inquiries without fully addressing the underlying concerns.
Despite these inquiries and challenges, the Democratic National Committee has chosen not to schedule any debates between President Biden and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. This decision aligns with the customary practice of supporting incumbents from both parties as they seek renomination.
Kennedy, while still trailing President Biden by a considerable margin in numerous polls, is gaining momentum in early primary states such as South Carolina. His campaign events have reportedly attracted significant crowds, hinting at growing support for his candidacy. However, it is worth noting that time is running out for potential Democratic candidates to enter the race, which may limit the field of challengers to President Biden’s candidacy.