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WashPost: Trump-Newt Team Would Be Oldest in History

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 04:47 PM

If Donald Trump selected former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as his running mate, they would be the oldest president and vice president to be inaugurated in U.S. history if they won the White House in November.

Trump turned 70 last month, and Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman, is 73. Their seeking the nation's top positions as septuagenarians "is unprecedented in the history of American politics," The Washington Post reports.

Only one septuagenarian has been sworn into either position: Alben Barkley, who was 71 years old when he was elected vice president with Harry Truman in 1948. He was 64.

In addition, only six pairs of presidents and vice presidents have both been 60 or older when seeking the White House.

The Truman-Barkley administration is the oldest so far, totaling 135 years at inauguration. But Trump and Gingrich, however, would be eight years older, at 143, the Post reports.

On the Democratic side, a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren ticket would be the oldest, at 136 years old. Clinton is 69, Warren 67, the Indiana Explained blog reports.

In recent memory, the Ronald Reagan-George H.W. Bush ticket was the oldest, at 125 years, with the Bill Clinton-Al Gore administration being the youngest, at 90, according to the Post.

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