For the last several elections, the Republican Party's presidential candidate has faced questions about their age and health, but in 2016 it will be the Democrat who could qualify for AARP membership.
According to The Washington Post,
at the time of their inauguration, the average age of a Democratic nominee (based on the current pool of contenders) is 68.6, and the current leader, Hillary Clinton, would be 69.3 years.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be 67.6 years of age.
On the other hand, the Republican candidate would average 57 years of age on Jan. 20, 2017.
"This is a cycle in which a younger generation of politicians are coming into the race with a view that small-government conservatism is the ideal and who feel no imperative to bend over backward to show that they are compassionate to people," conservative writer Ben Domenech told The New York Times.
The issue of age was raised during a recent discussion on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" when comic Jay Leno commented on how "slow" Hillary Clinton appeared to be compared with Warren.
"I don't see the fire. Her and Elizabeth Warren are almost the same age and I see Elizabeth Warren come out throwing punches boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said Leno.
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"And I like her, but she seems sort of, she seems very slow and very ... I don’t see that fire that I used to see that I see in Elizabeth Warren," he said.
Author Salman Rushdie went further than Leno, saying, "How can I put this, they are a little bit too old for me."
Maher responded by joking that Rushdie could receive another fatwa for that comment.
The former host of NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" expressed surprise that the two candidates were so close in years.
"Because I say to people, ‘how much younger is Elizabeth Warren than Hillary?’ And people go, ‘oh, 15 years.’ No! 18 months."
Leno is not alone. Of 20 Florida International University students asked the former secretary of state's age, only six responded correctly, reports The College Fix.
If she were to be elected, Hillary Clinton would be 69 years old at the time of her inauguration, the same age as Ronald Reagan was when he took the oath of office.
Clinton herself addressed the issue of age last year during a speech at Simmons College, according to The Washington Post.
"As men and women age, men are tired of the race. I mean they’ve been running it since their late teens; they’re exhausted. All they want to do is take a deep breath. They want to retire; they want to play golf; they want to just enjoy life.
"And women are raring to go because they feel like they’ve fulfilled their responsibilities; their kids are now on their own; it’s now time for them to show what they can do," she told the audience.
It may be the age of the ideas and not the candidates that matters in 2016.
"Above all, Democrats need an infusion of fresh ideas that can expand the party's appeal among moderates, independents and white voters. Only by enlarging the progressive coalition can they break the pattern of see-saw elections that is perpetuating the deadlock in U.S. politics," wrote Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, in a recent column for The Hill.
The current field of Republican candidates may offer the best chance in some time for the party to have a discussion about new ideas, rather than "engage in displays of strength on questions of orthodoxy — how much they want to cut taxes, shrink regulation, and lock up the borders," according to John Dickerson of Slate.
"Now the Republican candidates are not only seeking to distinguish themselves from each other with the quality and originality of their ideas, but they are making the case that unless the party promotes new ideas, it will not prevail," Dickerson said in a column last summer.
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