Are These Candidates Too Old To Be President ?
Should age be a consideration when the American people choose their president? Well, that question has become important during the 2016 campaign, as contenders from both parties seem to fit into two categories. One group of candidates, Trump, Clinton, Pataki and Webb, is of fairly advanced age; meanwhile, others, Cruz, Jindal and Rubio, all now less than 45, are at the younger end of the spectrum. Nevertheless, the conventional wisdom of the importance of age to the presidency might turn out to be untrue.
Presidents Age More Rapidly While in Office
Most of the thinking among the media and populace is that a term, or two, spent leading the Executive Branch, proves less than beneficial to one’s health. It is common to hear people making remarks about how “old” a former president looks when leaving office. That once full head of hair is a little thinner and much grayer.
Well, according to researchers, presidents do appear to age 2 years for every 1 in office. There is a tremendous amount of stress involved in the job. However, others believe this aging factor should be considered with a few caveats. For example, American presidents enjoy some of the best medical attention provided anyone in the world. Also, they are part of the elite, educated crowd and have benefited from years of adequate medical care anyway.
Given these points, the age at which a man or woman enters the White House might matter less than generally thought.
Older Candidates Hold Traditional Views
When candidate Barack Obama, then 45, announced his presidential bid in 2007, there was an uprising of, well, hope. The belief that Obama would be able to “think outside the box” was widespread. His youth, compared with the older age of his opponent, Senator John McCain, in his seventies, provided a stark contrast. Obama even took advantage of the situation by telling Americans it was a simple choice, “of wanting change (me) or more of the same (him).”
Yet, some would argue that Obama, who has joined the seemingly continual list of wartime presidents, has not ushered in a necessarily new era of politics. The issues are pretty much those debated prior to his taking office: abortion, immigration, etc. Would a McCain Administration have been fundamentally that much different, they wonder?
The 2016 Campaign in Perspective
So, what does all of this mean for those 2016 White House bids?
All of the candidates are fairly wealthy and, obviously, educated. They have all benefited from consistent health care, as is common with their social class. Those politicians pushing seventy are, in general, on a better physical level than someone of the same age who has lived a rough-and-tumble existence.
Moreover, it seems the public is more accepting of older candidates than might be expected. Democrat Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old elder of the bunch, is also the darling of college campuses.
What About the Young?
In conclusion, it seems that advanced age is not as important a factor in deciding who should run the country as once thought. Who knows, perhaps the nation lower the minimum age requirement to run. Think about it? If senior citizenship is no hindrance to electability, then why is youth a problem? Why should an American have to wait until age 35 to be eligible for the presidency? Tell us what you think, should age matter when running for the highest position in U.S politics?