Before we begin, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is a personal fan of Joe Biden. However, Gates has some serious concerns about Joe Biden as President. In fact, as we learn in this interview, Gates argues that Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Yep. Wrong on nearly EVERYTHING.
But it’s not just that.
Gates also argues that Biden (and Bernie) is just too old to be President.
Margaret Brennan: I was rereading your memoir before we sat down to talk and you said in your memoir, Joe Biden is impossible not to like.
Quote: “He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Would he be an effective commander-in-chief?
Robert Gates: I– I don’t know. I don’t know. I– I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just– I think, it– it would depend on the personalities at the time.
Margaret Brennan: He’s a peer of yours. Does that mean you’re older?
Robert Gates: Yes.
Margaret Brennan: You think he’s right for this moment?
Robert Gates: I think I’m pretty busy and pretty active but I think– I think having a President who is somebody our age or older, in the case of Senator Sanders, is- I think it’s problematic. I think that you don’t have the kind of energy that I think is required to be President. I think– I’m not sure you have the intellectual acuity that you might have had in your sixties. So, I mean it’s just a personal view. For me, the thought of taking on those responsibilities at this point in my life would be pretty daunting.