Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is supposed to have said that Joe Biden isn’t likely to make it to age 86, which would be his age at the end of a second term.
I prefer not to comment publicly on politics. However, this is about life expectancy and actuarial mathematics. I am not a life actuary and so I am not qualified to give formal statements of actuarial opinion on life expectancy. But I think unless Ms. Haley knows something specific of President Biden’s health that make his life expectancy shorter than that of an average 80 year old, my conclusion is that Ms. Haley has stated an opinion that is contrary to actuarial mathematics.
According to Social Security mortality, the probability an eighty year old survives at least six more years, 6p80 = .58 for US males. Lower than I thought but still more likely than not that he would survive his second term.
Social Security also includes a lot of people who are very unhealthy. Biden’s not obese, doesn’t smoke AFAIK, and I don’t think we know of any major health problems. I’m sure he’s healthier than the average Social Security recipient his age.
Nikki Haley’s statement could certainly be interpreted as a strictly life expectancy-related comment, however it could also be interpreted as a mental-capacity statement. I don’t think anyone can honestly argue that Joe Biden isn’t currently showing signs of reduced mental capacity - it’s not a big stretch of the imagination to extrapolate for 6 more years.
I don’t think she really clarified what she was inferring.