Nikki Haley calls Senate 'most privileged nursing home in the country,' says McConnell freeze-up was 'sad'

13:25 03.09.2023

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has called for term limits and mental competency tests in Congress after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's recent episode of freezing up during a press conference. Haley, a former U.S. ambassador and governor of South Carolina, expressed the need for aging members of Congress to recognize when it's time to step down. She specifically mentioned McConnell, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi as examples of politicians who should consider leaving their positions. According to Haley, this is not a partisan issue but a broader problem within Congress that needs to be addressed.

Haley has previously supported mental competency tests for politicians aged 75 and older but now suggests that these tests should be required for all candidates running for office. She believes that candidates should provide financial disclosures as well as a notice from their doctor regarding their mental capacity. Haley argues that it is crucial to have individuals at the top of their game making decisions on national security, the economy, and immigration.

In response to McConnell's incident, Haley referred to the Senate as the "most privileged nursing home in the country." She emphasized that while McConnell has accomplished great things, it is essential to know when to step aside. McConnell's freeze-up during the press conference was not the first time this has happened. He previously experienced a similar episode during a news conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Brian Monahan, Congress' attending physician, has given McConnell clearance to resume his schedule as planned. However, Haley believes that incidents like these make America appear "out of control" to its enemies, thus compromising national security.

Haley's comments have received criticism, with some accusing her of mocking the Senate. However, she stands by her statement, emphasizing the importance of having capable leaders in positions of power.

McConnell's office has not responded to Haley's criticism as of yet. However, it is clear that the issue of mental competency and age in politics is a topic of concern and debate. Haley, currently polling fourth in the 2024 GOP primary, continues to push for change and a new generation of conservative leaders who can address the pressing issues facing the country.

/ Sunday, September 3, 2023, 1:25 PM /

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