Dalila Omerovic, Opinions Editor
The third Democratic Presidential Debate took place last week and shed some interesting light on each of the candidates. The race is becoming more intense, as there are many candidates who all wish to defeat Donald Trump. There were winners and losers of the debate, and one of those losers was former Vice President Joe Biden who is currently the front runner in most major primary polls.
While Biden has extensive political experience, he seemed to ramble many times throughout the debate, and his answers didn’t quite make sense at times. Other candidates have even questioned his memory. At the ripe old age of 76, it won’t be long before people start to question Biden’s fitness for office.
One of the moderators, ABC correspondent Linsey Davis, questioned Biden about his comments on school segregation back in 1975. Davis read the full comment, “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation, and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” She then asked, “What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?”
Biden responded alarmingly: by proposing raises for teachers, more psychologists to help students who have problems at home, and by bringing social workers into homes to help parents deal with how to raise their children. Any mention of slavery in his answer? Systemic racism? Or even racism in general? Nope. It’s incredibly disappointing that the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination could not even formulate a decent response to repairing slavery’s legacy.
On the same debate stage, we have South Bend, Indiana’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, who has released a comprehensive plan aimed at combating systemic racism. Buttigieg’s “Douglass Plan” is a series of political and policy reforms that would dismantle various racist structures and systems.
During previous debates, and even during the most recent one, Biden mentioned former President Obama’s administration many times. Maybe, it’s because he understands that Obama remains a popular figure in the Democratic Party, and he is trying to use their president-vice president relationship to garner votes. And, it’s worth noting, one of the few reasons Biden is in the position he is in now is because of Obama’s popularity.
America’s next president should be a progressive, young Democrat, and Biden doesn’t meet these requirements. The top three leading candidates, Trump, Biden, and Bernie Sanders, would become the oldest president in U.S. history if any of them are elected, or in Trump’s case, re-elected. Age is an important factor in the race for president. It affects almost every aspect of a candidate, like their general life outlook, behavior, and which policies they seek to enforce.
The young electorate is often ignored because older people tend to show up to vote in higher numbers. However, if we had younger candidates who openly voiced favorable policies directed towards younger generations, there would likely be a spike in young voter turnout. The good news is that we do have good quality candidates in the race for the presidency who are young and progressive, like Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke.
At this point in the game, it’s hard to predict who will stay in the race and for how long. One thing is for certain: Biden should drop out because he is increasingly becoming less worthy of the Democratic Party’s nomination.