Physician: Biden 'more than capable' of handling the rigors of campaign, White House

Physician: Biden 'more than capable' of handling the rigors of campaign, White House
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Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE’s physician said in a new interview that the former vice president has shown no mental deficits since suffering two brain aneurysms in 1988, challenging concerns surrounding the Democratic White House hopeful's mental fitness.

“Vice President Biden is in excellent physical condition,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor told Politico in a statement. “He is more than capable of handling the rigors of the campaign and the office for which he is running.”

The aneurysms were fully treated, Dr. Neal Kassell, who performed the surgery, told Politico, adding that Biden, now 76, showed no change and no damage in the years afterward.

“He is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change,” Kassell said. “I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations that he had. There was no damage whatsoever.”

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Kassell added that he is "going to vote for the candidate who I am absolutely certain has a brain that is functioning."

"And that narrows it down exactly to one,” he said.

Biden has faced skepticism and criticism over his performance in the first round of Democratic primary debates, as well as limited public appearances on the campaign trail, which made some question whether he was able to keep up with his younger competitors.

But after a stronger second debate performance, Democratic lawmakers have since said they feel better about Biden as their party’s White House front-runner, despite lingering questions about his age.

The former vice president is one of a group of older 2020 presidential candidates including 77-year-old Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.), 70-year-old Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted MORE (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Bill Weld: 'I wouldn't take money from the oil and gas companies' Bill Weld on climate change: Let the market decide MORE, a 74-year-old Republican.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE, who has mocked Biden for “not playing with a full deck” and has nicknamed the former vice president “Sleepy Joe,” is 73 years old.