James Carville says Biden skipping Super Bowl interview is a ‘sign’


Legendary political strategist James Carville claimed Saturday that the White House has little confidence in President Biden after he declined a Super Bowl interview on Sunday.

Biden recently declined to participate in the Super Bowl Sunday interview for the second year in a row. The interview is a tradition that began in 2009 with President Obama.

The interview is generally seen as a way for the president to connect with a massive audience that does not typically attend political conferences. Last year, the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles attracted 115 million viewers.

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Carville, a longtime Democrat, gave his perspective on the situation during a CNN interview Saturday.

Legendary political strategist James Carville said President Biden's decision to decline a Super Bowl Sunday interview was telling. (Screenshot “In real time” / Reuters)

“It’s the biggest TV audience, by far, and you get to do a 20-25 minute interview that day,” Carville began.

“And you don't? That's kind of a sign that the staff or you yourself don't have a lot of confidence in you,” Carville continued. “There’s no other way to read this.”

Biden is not the first president to turn down the chance to address the Super Bowl audience. In 2018, President Trump refused to sit down with NBC for a Super Bowl interview.

The consultant also weighed in on Biden's advanced age, days after the president held a news conference about his mental skills.

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James Carville (Raul E. Diego / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images / File)

“And he’s not going to do debates,” Carville said. “He's old, I know what it's like because I'm almost as old as him, and it's never going to get better.”

On Thursday, Biden lashed out at reporters during a news conference after the release of special counsel Robert Hur's report questioning the president's mental acuity.

“I mean well, I'm an old man and I know what I'm doing,” Biden said when asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy. “I was president and I put this country back on its feet. I don't need his recommendation.”

“How bad is your memory? And can you continue as president?” » asked Doocy.

President Biden delivers remarks Thursday at the White House. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

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“My memory is so bad [that] I let you speak,” Biden replied.

David Rutz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.



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