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How Old Is Ron Paul?

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 07:01 PM

How old is Ron Paul? It’s a popular question these days, and there’s a very good chance you recently typed in the exact phrase, “How old is Ron Paul,” into your favorite search engine. The Texas congressman’s age is a hot topic online and with good reason.

If elected president, Ron Paul will be 77 on the day of his inauguration, making him the oldest person ever to assume our nation’s highest office. By comparison, our oldest president, Ronald Reagan, was 69 on his big day. At 77, Ron Paul would be starting his presidency at the same age Ronald Reagan ended his. If Ron Paul served two terms, he would leave office at the ripe ol’ age of 85.

 What is Ron Paul's Age?

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A President Ron Paul certainly would bump up the average age of our nation’s leading men. The median age of ascension, based on the inaugural age of our past 44 presidents, now is about 54 years and 11 months. Ron Paul would top that by 23 years.

So, now that we know how old is Ron Paul, the new question is: Is Ron Paul too old to lead? If you ask him, the answer is not at all. During a recent campaign stop, a Concord Monitor reporter questioned his age and his health.

“My health? Let’s do a bicycle ride,” he said. “I feel very good. Your health depends on your mental status as well too. So, there’s nominal ages and then your mental health, but I feel excellent. The only thing frustrating about the campaigning is I don’t get quite as much exercise as I get when I’m not campaigning so energetically. But [I] feel great.”

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Ron Paul’s campaign team members say their guy is more robust, more physically fit, and healthier than any of his Republican presidential opponents.

“There is no candidate in this race more physically fit than Dr. Paul. He keeps his former state champion sprinters legs in good shape with three miles of daily walking and regular 15-mile bike rides,” Jesse Benton, the national chairman for Paul’s campaign, told The New York Times.

“With Dr. Paul’s age comes great wisdom, experience, and balanced temperament, something America will desperately need as we work our way out of the debt crisis politicians from both parties have left us,” Benton said.

Ron Paul’s elderly status isn’t bothering the young. In a recent primary, Ron Paul garnered nearly 50 percent of the under-30 vote.

And his age is certainly meshing well with the Internet age. Ron Paul has the first successful online campaign, as his "open source" online network has raised tens of millions — outstripping the other Republican candidates.

Perhaps Ron Paul should simply turn to his critics and fellow presidential hopefuls and borrow a line from our nation’s oldest president, Ronald Reagan: "I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."

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