Jan 20, 2020
The New York Times extensively questioned Joe Biden about his age, his health, and his fitness to be president before choosing to endorse Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar yesterday. Here are excerpts from the interview, conducted on December 16.
Kathleen Kingsbury, NYT Editorial Board: Jimmy Carter has said that he wouldn’t be up for the job of the presidency at age 80. He’s obviously experienced the job, and lived the job. How do you respond to comments like that? Are you too old to be running for president?
Biden: Watch me. Watch me. All this stuff about lack of energy. Come get in the bus with me, 16 hours a day, 10 days in a row. Come see me.
Aisha Harris, NYT Editorial Board: Do you have an exercise routine?
Biden: Every morning.
AH: What is it?
Biden: I do three things. I bike, treadmill and I lift. I have the doctor who is the fellow — when you get to the White House, you get a medical doc who gets assigned to you and one of them was a colonel in the United States Army who, when I had a separated shoulder and I ended up having an operation — seven screws put in the shoulder to put it back together again, doing therapy. And he sends me — if I had my phone, I’d show you — he sends me every morning, every morning, an exercise routine, and I do it every morning. I’m not in bad shape.
KK: Why haven’t you released any health records?
Biden: Oh, I am. I didn’t say I didn’t — I’ve always released my health records, and I was asked when I would do it. I had a chance, by the end of the week, you’ll have a detailed health record.On Dec. 17,
KK: A complete set of health records?
KK: O.K. By the end of this week? (Mr. Biden’s medical summary was released the day after his interview with The Times.) … So how many push-ups can you do?
Biden: I can do 44, but what I’m doing is that I pulled my bicep on the right. So I’m doing these — if you exercise, I’m doing closed-hand push-ups because outside is putting too much pressure on this one …
I’ve adopted Satchel Paige’s attitude toward age: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter … ”