Democrats fear in secret that Biden's age will cost them the White House: Senators say president, 81, has to 'show some energy' but still won't discuss his performance issues in public

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Democratic senators fearfulness President Joe Biden's precocious property could costs nan statement nan White House but nan taxable is truthful taboo that it hasn't moreover travel up during their play backstage luncheon. 

Biden, 81, is facing further scrutiny aft past week's merchandise of Special Counsel Robert Hur's classified documents report, successful which nan Trump-appointed DOJ charismatic referenced nan president's 'diminished faculties.'

The study besides said a assemblage would find Biden 'a sympathetic, well-meaning aged man pinch a mediocre memory,' which nan White House said was a 'gratuitous' characterization. 

The Hill reported Tuesday connected concerns expressed by Senate Democrats complete Biden's property and electability, but only 2 lawmakers, Vermont Sen. Peter Welch and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, were consenting to talk astir it on-the-record. 

Welch advised that Biden needed to 'show immoderate energy,' while Stabenow based on she'd precocious seen that benignant of vigor from nan 81-year-old leader. 

Democratic senators fearfulness President Joe Biden's precocious property could costs nan statement nan White House but nan taxable is truthful taboo that it hasn't moreover travel up during their play backstage luncheon

One senator, who remained anonymous, said Biden's property hasn't travel up successful nan play activity lunches tally by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left), while Sen. Peter Welch (right) said 'Biden tin triumph ... he's sewage to woody pinch nan property issue' 

'[His] power level was high. He was successful his element. I spot a very different picture,' Stabenow said, pointing to a caller travel successful which Biden met pinch achromatic pastors and nan United Auto Workers successful Detroit, Michigan. 

Another Democratic legislator remarked pinch astonishment to The Hill that Biden's property hadn't travel up successful nan play gatherings. 

'In each of our lunches, it's ne'er been discussed. It's benignant of amazing,'a Democratic legislator told The Hill. 'No 1 has said, "We should talk astir this." Or, "Isn't this an issue? Should we person him travel complete and talk."'

'I've ne'er heard anybody say, "Schumer should spell complete location and talk to him astir it,"' nan unnamed legislator added. 'But I don't deliberation that intends that group aren't worried astir it. Look, I interest astir it.' 

For months, polling has showed it's a awesome interest for American voters, with an AP canvass from August finding that a whopping 77 percent of U.S. adults felt Biden was excessively aged to beryllium effective successful a 2nd term. 

Another 51 percent said nan aforesaid of erstwhile President Donald Trump, 77, nan apt Republican nominee.  

'I'm little worried astir his ability, I'm assuming he's going to do,' nan job, nan Democratic legislator said of Biden, 'but I'm worried astir a batch of group successful nan country' who don't deliberation nan president is up to nan task.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (center) said Biden's (right) 'energy level was high. He was successful his element. I spot a very different picture,' referring to nan president's caller travel to Detroit, Michigan earlier this month 

Welch told The Hill that Biden 'can win' but encouraged nan president to return voters' concerns astir his property seriously. 

During Biden's heated Thursday nighttime property conference, he told reporters 'that is your judgement' erstwhile asked questions astir his age, his representation and his abililty to do nan job. 

While Biden precocious said location were different Democrats who could hit Trump, he based on that he deserved to beryllium nan nominee 'because I'm nan astir qualified personification successful this state to beryllium president of nan United States and decorativeness nan occupation I started.'

'Biden, he's sewage to woody pinch nan property issue. He's sewage to show immoderate energy, and he's sewage to show what nan early is, not conscionable hit up connected Trump,' Welch argued. 

'Trump is going to beryllium Trump, and group are going to travel to their ain reactions. They don't request nan Biden run to beryllium telling them really bad Trump is. Trump will return attraction of that himself,' nan Vermont Democrat predicted. 'There's sewage to beryllium a existent manifestation of power and early predisposition from nan Biden campaign.' 

A 2nd unnamed Democratic legislator told The Hill that location are concerns astir Biden's property but there's besides a consciousness that nan superior is excessively acold agelong for Democrats to section a caller candidate. 

Michigan's Democratic superior will return spot February 27 and Super Tuesday will hap a week later. 

Only Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips is still challenging Biden, arsenic self-help guru Marianne Williamson dropped retired of nan race past week. 

'The wide consciousness of folks is that we've hitched our wagon to Biden, that he's delivered a batch successful partnership. It whitethorn not beryllium Biden himself, but it's his team. Right? And we're already into nan primaries,' nan 2nd Democratic legislator said.  

Only a really glaring wellness setback would shake-up nan race, nan Democrat speculated.

'If location was thing ace evident for illustration location was pinch Mitch McConnell,' nan legislator said, referencing nan Republican leader's nationalist freeze-ups.