Nikki Haley: Older Politicians Should Have to Pass Cognitive Tests

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said politicians in a place of power should be required to undergo cognitive tests after they pass a certain age.

David Brody from The Christian Broadcasting Network asked Haley her opinion of President Biden’s mental health on Thursday. Haley believes a cognitive test would reassure voters that their leaders possess mental comprehensibility.

“We seriously need to have a conversation that if you’re going to have anyone above a certain age in a position of power — whether it’s the House, whether it’s the Senate, whether it’s vice president, whether it’s president — you should have some sort of cognitive test,” Haley told CBN. “Just like you have to show your tax returns, you should have some sort of health screening so that people have faith in what you’re doing.”

The former ambassador to the United Nations remarked on Biden, who at the age of 79 is the oldest president in the history of the United States. Haley referred to concerns that the president is not the one currently making decisions for the United States. 

“That’s his job to prove that he’s making the decisions. But it’s not helping us when France wasn’t included in the idea that we were going to do this deal with the U.K. and Australia,” Haley commented. “He can’t act like he doesn’t know something because each time he acts like he doesn’t know something […] he keeps giving signals that he’s not with it.”

A recent poll shows that only 41% of voters believe Biden is cognitively comprehensive, Washington Examiner reports. Haley also points out a large number of older leaders in Congress.  

“Let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of people in leadership positions that are old,” Haley continued. “And that’s not being disrespectful. That’s a fact.”

According to the Washington Examiner, currently, the average age of a member of the House is 58.4-years-old and 64.3-years-old in the Senate.