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Should Biden take a cognitive test? This is what he would tell us – and this is what he wouldn’t tell us – Longmont Times-Call

To reassure the American people, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Biden if he would be willing to take a cognitive test and share the results with the American people. (Andrey Popov/Dreamstime/TNS)

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This seemed like a reasonable suggestion to assess the abilities of an 81-year-old man seeking voters’ approval to stay in the White House until January 2029.

To reassure the American people, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Biden if he would be willing to take a cognitive test and share the results with the American people.

Biden disagreed. In carrying out his duties as leader of the free world, he said, “I have to take a cognitive test every day.”

Although the president rejected the suggestion, medical experts said the idea of ​​subjecting Biden – along with his 78-year-old challenger, former President Trump – to some sort of cognitive evaluation made sense.

“Let’s give it to both of them,” said Dr. Louise Aronson, a geriatrician at UC San Francisco.

Kevin Duff, a neuropsychologist at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, compared the proposal to the long-standing practice of asking presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.

There are several types of tests to choose from. A simple preliminary examination might only involve a handful of questions and be completed in a few minutes. However, an in-depth examination could take a whole day.