Sanders Blasts Haley’s Cognitive Test Proposal

A proposal by the Republican candidate for president, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) received considerable criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for her suggestion that candidates over the age of 75 receive a cognitive test.

The former Democratic Party presidential contender is slamming the proposal by the recent Republican contender.

The two-time presidential candidate, 81, opposed Haley’s suggestion in an interview with CBS this week. He said in part, “I think we should also be fighting ageism. Trust people, look at people and say, ‘You know, this person is competent, this person is not competent.’”

He added that there could not be such a “blanket statement” regarding age.

Haley’s proposal was included in a call for term limits in Congress.

Haley’s proposal would have serious implications for the 2024 presidential race. Current President Joe Biden is 80 years old and would be 82 in starting a second term. Former President Trump is currently 76 and would be 78 if he was to take office again in January 2025.

The cognitive test is nothing new. Former President Trump bragged in 2020 that he did very well on a similar exam that year. The then-president also called on his opponent, Joe Biden, to take such a test.

President Trump was joined by more than 50 House Republicans in requesting Biden take a cognitive exam.

The discussion over age also included a high-profile retirement last week. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), aged 89, announced her retirement from the Senate. She will not seek a seventh term in the Senate in 2024.

Feinstein had been criticized for being less active and often confused during her latter tenure in Congress. Feinstein was asked about whether or not she would retire, to which she responded, that she had not made a decision.

“I haven’t released anything,” she told reporters. Upon being informed that her office announced her retirement already, she responded, “You put out the statement? I didn’t know they put it out.”

Haley, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, served under former President Trump and is currently the highest-profile opponent of the former president in the 2024 Republican race for the White House so far.