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Ramesh Ponnuru: Hillary's Age 'Is Going to Be a Factor' in '16

Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:34 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Hillary Clinton is not too old to run for president as some believe, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be an issue, says Ramesh Ponnuru, a Bloomberg View columnist and senior editor at National Review.

"Her age is going to be a factor and it's going to be a problem for her to deal with," Ponnuru told Dennis Kneale, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"There is a tendency for people who support a candidate with this problem to say, 'oh, it's just so unfair, this shouldn't be an issue.' Well, it is an issue."

"Age was an issue for [Ronald] Reagan, age was an issue for Bob Dole in 1996 running against Hillary's husband, age was an issue for John McCain running against [Barack] Obama in 2008.''

Ponnuru believes if the former secretary of State throws her hat in the ring, Americans will look to see if she is vigorous and in command.

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And he said older voters will be more critical than younger ones.

"You would think that maybe older voters would resent this idea that somebody who is older might not be able to do the job,'' he Ponnuru said.

"But in fact where there is some detailed work done in 1996 when this question got raised about Bob Dole. The voters who were most likely to be worried about Dole's age were themselves older voters.

"The evidence is people who are older and notice the problems they themselves are having with getting older do tend to worry more about it and whether these people are up for the White House.''


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