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Old 02-11-2016, 06:27 AM
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If your favorite Presidential candidate is in their 70s is this an issue for you? Are you concerned that while they may be in good shape today that the pressure of being the President and the decline of people in their 70s might catch up on them in time, would impact their ability to be an effective leader?

Old 02-11-2016, 06:33 AM
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Yes, it's an issue.

I like Bern and will vote for him in the upcoming primary. I think his campaign is on target in many respects and I think he's sincere.

But he's almost a decade older than me. I'm in good shape for a guy in his mid 60s and I can tell you that I wouldn't have the energy and stamina required to work well in a pressure cooker like the Oval Office.

Bern's experience in the very relaxed (by contrast) senate isn't a valid measure of how he (or anyone else at that age) would hold up in the White House.
Old 02-11-2016, 06:38 AM
Location: Chicago
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Health, not age, is an issue. Of course character and value system are most important.
Old 02-11-2016, 06:45 AM
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No problem with age.
I wouldn't care if you're 30 or 80.
If you have the skills and the smarts that's all that matters.
I know "educated" and "experienced" people that have no business interacting in the human race and I know high school drop outs that would make a better president than 3/4 of the clowns we have already had and the potential new clowns we have running now.
Old 02-11-2016, 06:58 AM
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Trump, Hillary and Bernie are a concern.

Some people age very well and are very sharp even in their late 80's.

I think out of the three Hillary probably has aged the best, then Bernie. Trump was never a very smart person. People like Trump who don't use their brains frequently tend to experience a faster age related cognitive decline.
Old 02-11-2016, 07:05 AM
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I wouldn't have an issue supporting an older candidate, but with a candidate in his or her mid-70s or so I'd probably put a little more weight on the candidate's VP choice when making my decision.
Old 02-11-2016, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by richrf View Post
Health, not age, is an issue. Of course character and value system are most important.
Your favorite candidate in his or her 70s may be in good health today but I know lots of people who are 70-74 may be healthy today but in 4-8 years things will change big time. We are not voting for a person based on how they are today but how they will be over the four year term. People's health can change quickly in their 70s, much more so than their 40s or 50s.
Old 02-11-2016, 07:27 AM
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It does indeed play into my thinking. I was concerned about Senator McCain's age (and health issues with skin cancer), and I am just as concerned about Senator Sander's age (he would be 75 as of taking the presidency). He may well be a 'vigorous' person, but I will note that his mother (Dorothy) died when she was 48, his father when he was 58.

We must face it that when one hits elder age, your health can very, very quickly turn for the worse. I was shocked seeing a photo of Senator Sanders in 1995: he looked much older than his age then. While being prematurely gray does not equate poor health, it can serve as a window into that person's general health.

I may vote for Sanders if he turns out to be the Democratic nominee, but if he chooses some nutwing for his VP (as I believe Senator McCain did), then I will vote otherwise.

It does depend partly on the Republican nominee. If said Republican were Trump or Cruz, then Sander's VP would have to be very, very nutty indeed for me to not vote for Sanders. If Rubio (whom I disagree with, but believe that he would actually be rather pragmatic as President) is the nominee, then I would go for Sanders if his VP was only slightly nutty. If Sander's VP was very nutty, then I go for Rubio. It is a balancing act.
Old 02-11-2016, 07:30 AM
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Age is not a huge factor for me and never has been.

I probably would be more concerned about youth and inexperience than I am about age and experience.

Of course, health does matter .
Old 02-11-2016, 07:32 AM
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I'm more concerned about his outdates philosophies than his health. To be that old and not know that socialism is a failed system doesn't speak well of his mental acuity. I can understand a bunch of college students who have been recently brainwashed by their college professors, but not someone who has actual life experiences. Then again, maybe Bernie has been in government so long that he has no life experiences.
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