- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a Democrat, called for Joe Biden to share more about his health.
- Hancock said he wants to make sure Biden is “ready and fit to serve” ahead of the 2024 election.
- An official announcement that Biden is seeking re-election could come next week.
A Democratic mayor called on President Joe Biden to be forthcoming about his health ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on NBC’s “Meet the Press NOW” that he’s “a fan” of Biden’s but still wants to see the president be open about his health status.
“I love Joe Biden personally and politically, but I want to make sure he’s okay as well and ready and fit to serve,” Hancock told NBC host Chuck Todd on Friday.
A February report from the president’s physician found he was “fit for duty” and “fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations.”
Some Democrats have been vocally skeptical about Biden’s age and well-being, Todd said on the show on Friday.
“You can put me in that category,” Hancock replied. “I’ve seen him regularly and throughout his term and mine, and I’m a great fan. I want him to be okay, so once he proves, he shares where he is on that, then let’s roll.”
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The report on Biden’s health from physician Kevin O’Connor said Biden works out at least five days a week.
“President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 80-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Cheif,” O’Connor wrote in February.
Hancock added that Colorado is “pretty solid blue,” though the state needs any presidential candidate to address rising crime and housing affordability, he said. Hancock’s term as mayor will end in July.