Republican Representative Scott DesJarlais has introduced a bill calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to show proof of “cognitive competence” as a condition of being on the ballot.
The bill comes in response to presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s recent call for “mental competency tests” for lawmakers who are older than 75. DesJarlais believes that the issue should be nonpartisan, as all Americans deserve mentally competent leaders.
He is currently working with the GOP Doctors Caucus to write legislation outlining what tests would be required to judge candidates’ cognitive competence, and to establish a committee of doctors to administer the tests in a nonpartisan way.
- Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais has introduced a bill calling for proof of “cognitive competence” for presidential and vice presidential candidates.
- The bill comes in response to Nikki Haley’s call for “mental competency tests” for lawmakers over 75 years old.
- DesJarlais believes the issue should be nonpartisan and is working to establish a committee of doctors to administer the tests.
- The bill has been introduced amid concerns about the age and mental acuity of some US politicians, including President Biden and former President Trump.
- The bill has not yet been passed into law and its implementation remains uncertain.
Commentary: The introduction of this bill raises important questions about the qualifications that should be required of US presidential and vice presidential candidates.
While it is understandable that some people are concerned about the mental acuity of older politicians, it is also important to ensure that such requirements are not used to unfairly disqualify certain candidates from running for office.
Furthermore, the implementation of the bill’s requirements is uncertain and it remains to be seen how they would be enforced. Nevertheless, the introduction of the bill is a reminder of the importance of ensuring that our leaders are mentally competent and capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of their office.