Haley takes swipe at Sanders: He's exactly the reason we need mental competency tests

Published date22 February 2023
Publication titleIsrael National News (Israel)
Speaking to an audience member during a campaign event in Iowa and quoted by The Hill, Haley said Sanders, one critic of her proposal, was "exactly the reason we need it."

"Bernie Sanders lost his mind because I asked for that. He is exactly the reason we need it," she said.

The comments came after Sanders, 81, told Stephen Colbert on Monday that Haley's plan for mandatory tests of the mental acuity of politicians over the age of 75 was "nothing more than old-fashioned ageism" and "not acceptable."

The crowd laughed at Haley's response on Tuesday, and she then widened her critique, unprompted, to include two other veteran Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Rep. Maxine Waters.

"Whoopi Goldberg lost her mind over it — and you know what she was doing? She was glorifying Dianne Feinstein and Maxine Waters. They are exactly the reason we need it," Haley said.

Haley formally announced her presidential run last week, becoming the first candidate to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

In her remarks on Tuesday, she was for the most part complimentary about Trump, but — in response to that same final question — made plain her differences with the former president.

The question, from an audience member who identified himself as "Bob," was whether she would consider Trump as her running mate in 2024.


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