Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Believes Presidents Should Take Cognitive Tests

( – Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, gave an interview on Sunday, February 18th, during which she said she believes that presidential candidates should be required to take cognitive tests.

Prior to Biden being elected at age 78, Trump was the oldest inaugurated president, taking office at age 70. Before both Trump and Biden, Reagan was the oldest president, taking office at age 69 in 1981 and remaining president until he was 77 years old.

Davis appeared on “Meet the Press” with Kristen Welker on NBC over the weekend. Welker brought up the issue of the age of the candidates and asked Davis if she supported testing presidential candidates for mental acuity. Davis said it “would probably be a good idea” knowing what we do about how aging can affect a person’s mental capacity.

Though Reagan was a staunch conservative while Biden is a liberal, many have noted that, much like Biden, there was rampant speculation during his second term that he was suffering from memory loss and cognitive decline. At age 83, five years after leaving office, Reagan announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, though many believe it affected him in the years prior, though Reagan’s spokesperson has denied this claim.

Concerns about both Biden and Trump’s mental states have come to the forefront in recent weeks. Trump called multiple people by the wrong names, which he later said was an intentional move. A recent report from a Special Counsel in the Department of Justice stated that Biden was unable to remember the year his son died.

Davis also spoke about what her father would think of the current political climate in the U.S. Davis expressed her belief that her father would be “appalled” at the state of politics, pointing out that he believed in civility and not attacking one’s opponents. She said she believed that Reagan would want everyone to “look at one another as human beings.”

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