A president shouldn’t be pushing 90
Face it: The two leading Democratic contenders to take on President Trump in 2020 “are too old to be president,” said Byron York. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads almost every poll, will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, while Sen. Bernie Sanders, polling second, will be 79. These men may be vigorous now, but both would be older upon taking office than Ronald Reagan was after finishing two terms. Indeed, both men would be “pushing 90” by the end of their second terms—a time when people are experiencing a steep physical and mental decline that could leave them unfit for “the rigors of the presidency.” Yes, at 72, Trump is also fairly old. But he would finish his hypothetical second term at the same age Biden would begin his first. In addition, both of these venerable Democrats are lugging embarrassing baggage from the past—Biden with his “too-familiar way of touching women,” Sanders with his admiration of the Soviet Union, where he honeymooned. Rivals such as Beto O’Rourke (46), Kamala Harris (54), Pete Buttigieg (37), and Amy Klobuchar (58) would offer voters “a clear generational contrast” to Trump. In promising the country a fresh start, why would Democrats recycle candidates from the past?