Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, caused concern in many when his left eye appeared to fill up with blood as he answered a question during CNN’s climate town hall on Wednesday night.
Biden was in the midst of answering a question about fracking when blood suddenly became noticeable in his eye. He turned away from the camera to take a question about China’s role in carbon emissions and the blood in his eye was easy to spot.
The former vice president, who is 76-years-old, has faced questions about his age for a long time during the course of his campaign for the Democratic nomination. In October last year, before formally entering the race, Biden said that age is “a totally legitimate thing to raise.”
“I think it’s totally appropriate for people to look at me and say if I were to run for office again, ‘Well God darn you’re old.’ Well chronologically I am old,” he said.
Biden continued, “Every voter is entitled to know exactly what kind of shape you’re in. You owe it to them. It’s a legitimate question and so I think age is relevant.”
Biden has had some serious health struggles in the past. In 1988 he had to have emergency surgery because an aneurysm burst. And a few months later he had a second aneurysm burst which required Biden to take seven months off from working in the Senate.
“They literally had to take the top of my head off,” he said later about the operation.
Doctors also removed a benign polyp during a colonoscopy in 1996.
Should he win the 2020 presidential election, he would be the oldest president ever to be inaugurated.
To keep his lead in the 2020 election, Biden must persuade voters not only that he is strong enough to battle Trump, but that he is serious about taking on important issues that Democrats are passionate about.
Credit: Daily Mail