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Hillary: Too Old to Run?

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If Hillary Clinton made her widely anticipated bid for the presidency, would her age become a legitimate issue?

Skeptics have already taken to the Internet to raise their concerns. If Clinton won election in 2016, at age 69, she would be just months younger than our oldest president, Ronald Reagan, when he was elected in 1980. Only one other candidate in 225 years (William Henry Harrison) moved into the White House past age 65, and his health proved so fragile that he contracted pneumonia on inauguration day in 1841 and died a month later. In fact, about half of the 43 men who have held the nation’s top office withered and died well before even reaching Hillary’s 2016 Election Day age.

Read the full column at USAToday.com

Comments (7)

  1. From: Tenaya Dew   On: March 19, 2014

    This borders on “sexism”. Why is this even an issue? If she was a man it wouldn’t be an issue at all, as we have already noted that she would be just months younger than our oldest president, Ronald Reagan, when he was elected in 1980. Furthermore, it is a known fact that women tend to age better than men, mature sooner, are often wiser, and surpass men in many areas which do not involve brute strength. I think the problem here is not that she may be too old to hold office so much as it is inferiority complex of her male counterparts. True, about half of the 43 men who have held the nation’s top office withered and died, which is not surprising as it is a fact that 85-90% of the male population withers and dies long before women anyways.

    • From: Andrew   On: March 20, 2014

      You obviously didn’t click the link to read the WHOLE article.

    • From: Gordon Grant   On: March 21, 2014

      This borders on “sexism”.

      Oh please, shut up. Just shut up.

  2. From: JGUY   On: March 20, 2014

    Hillary is not too old to run based on the John McCain campaign. It was touted
    by many including el rushbo that McCain was too old…blah blah blah. This
    helped Obama…. Today McCain is sharp and articulate and in great
    physical shape when he often appears on television. This is six years after
    his presidential run. Hillary will run and win and be just fine. I will probably
    not vote for her…but I believe the handwriting is on the proverbial wall.
    The republicans will play the “too old” card and it will backfire.

  3. From: Linda   On: March 21, 2014

    Thank you, Andrew.
    And don’t be so sure, JGuy.

    • From: JGUY   On: March 22, 2014

      Linda, Of course I am not sure…..but I do know americans love
      “firsts” and that gives Hillary an edge. I do believe her experience
      as a senator and secretary of state give her a powerful resume…
      And I do believe her husband is a magnificent campaigner…
      that being said it is my belief…..not a “sure thing” that she
      will run and be elected. I also believe people will reject
      the media manipulated positions of the so-called teaparty
      as it attempts to replace the “moderate” republicans that
      I happen to favor.

  4. From: LAPhil   On: March 21, 2014

    Hillary may not be too old yet, but she seems to aging rather quickly. Look at her face and compare it to a few years ago. But that’s certainly not the main reason I wouldn’t vote for her.

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