Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley for her call to test politicians over the age of 75 for mental competency.
Bernie called Haley's idea "absurd."
Sanders' comments came on CBS' Face The Nation after Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said politicians over the age of 75 should be given tests to see if they are still mentally able to serve in office.
A partial transcript as follows:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Former ambassador Nikki Haley is running for President, as you know, and she said there should be a mandatory mental competency test for politicians older than 75. You’re 81. Do you take offense at that? Do you agree?
SANDERS: What did she mean? I don’t understand what- [laughs]. Yeah, no. I think that’s absurd. You know, there’s a level–
SANDERS: Yeah, you know, we are fighting racism, we’re fighting sexism, we’re fighting homophobia, 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. There are a lot of 40 year olds out there who ain’t particularly competent. Older people, you know, you look at the individual, I don’t think you make a blanket statement.
BRENNAN: Okay. So when it comes to the current president or the former president and their age range, it doesn’t concern you?
SANDERS: Look at what they do, what they believe in. What are they fighting for? What does Donald Trump stand for? Do you believe in that? Well, I certainly don’t. What does Joe Biden stand for? What is he doing? Has he accomplished- look at- look at him in that way, not on age.
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