Fauci says it's 'personal choice' for Biden to try for second term, recalls 'positive' experience with president

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke out about President Biden's age following the president's much-criticized debate performance against former President Trump on Sunday.

Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and was asked whether Biden, 81, should run for re-election.

“You know, I think it's just a personal choice, and you can't really generalize,” Fauci said.

Fauci, who helped lead the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic, said everyone should be looked at as an individual and evaluated “based on how they feel, what they think they can do.”

“You know, what their passion is, what their energy is,” Fauci said. “Things like that.”

When asked if he was surprised by anything he saw during Thursday's presidential debate, Fauci said he didn't want to comment on anything that “has political implications.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci said President Biden's decision to stay in the presidential race is a “personal choice” after his poor debate performance. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Fauci said his experience working with Biden had been “very positive.” Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

He said what he felt comfortable speaking about was that his interactions with Biden had been “very positive” during their time working together.

“He asks in-depth questions. He's very forthright in every respect,” Fauci said of Biden, but he did not elaborate on specific instances. “So my personal experience with him has been very positive.”

With a hoarse voice and vague answers, Biden struggled during Thursday night's debate.

He also lost his bearings at times, causing concern among some Democrats and the media.

Fauci said Biden would ask “probing questions” while he was working at the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

In the wake of the debate, the editorial boards of both The New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called on Biden to step down as the Democratic nominee.

However, the Democratic National Committee has said it will continue to support Biden as the nominee.

Fox News' Sarah Rumpf-Wheaton contributed to this report.

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