Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is calling for mandatory mental competency tests for politicians older than 75.
Haley, 51, made the remarks during a Sunday interview on CBS News’s “Face The Nation” with host Margaret Brennan. She said that the tests would be “a way to ensure that our leaders are mentally fit to serve.”
“America is not past our prime,” Haley said. “It’s just that our politicians are past theirs.”
“We need to have mental competency tests for anyone over the age of 75,” she said. “And I don’t say that to be disrespectful. I don’t care if you do it for 50 and older. What I’m saying is, these are people in D.C. that are making decisions on our national security.”
“They’re deciding the future of our kids’ economy,” she continued. “We need to know they’re at the top of their game. When you go and look at Biden and you- and you ask him what country he was in the week before, and he can’t say it. When you go and ask him how many grandchildren he has and he doesn’t know. When you go and see him falling asleep with leaders. That’s concerning.”
“Republicans have lost the last seven out of eight popular votes for president,” she said. “That’s nothing to be proud of, we should want to win the majority of Americans, we’ve got to start going with a new generation so that we can do that. We have to leave all of these older diplomats and Democrats- and Democrats and Republicans behind. And let’s start dealing with new solutions that the American people can feel like governments working for them again.”
Haley, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, said that she believes Americans need a “new generational leader” as president and that it was time “for us to have a new generation” across the board.
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