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Should there be an upper age limit to be a US Presidential candidate?

The minimum age for the presidency is 35. Should there be a maximum, too?

When the US goes to the polls in November, voters young and old will choose between the two oldest presidential candidates in the country’s history.

The issue of age has already been weaponised by the Trump campaign, labelling Joe Biden a dotty, “sleepy”, past-his-best politician despite being just three years the current president’s senior.

Questions over both candidates’ stamina and suitability for the highest office will likely continue until polling day, but just how do the pair of candidates compare to previous US leaders?

Joe Biden, who became a senator in 1973 is 77 years old. If he was to win the election he would assume the office as a 78-year-old, with his birthday set to take place a short time after polling day on November 20.

Donald Trump turned 74 years old on June 14 earlier this year. If he was to successfully claim a second term he would leave the White House as a 78-year-old.

The average age of American presidents at swearing-in is 55, but recent decades have seen many outliers. At 70, President Trump was the oldest to take office, beating a record set by Ronald Reagan, who still remains the oldest person ever to leave it, at 77.

Some might argue that the sheer premise of this debate is ageist, but being President is an incredibly demanding job. To question whether we ought to have an age cap on candidates isn’t designed to disparage the older generation, but to take a long hard look at the job at hand.

The retirement age in the UK is around 65-67 depending on when you were born and in many other countries retirement age is 60.

One could argue that older candidates might bring heightened awareness to issues of inequality and discrimination, a wealth of policy expertise, and the diplomacy that comes with years of experience in the government.

There is no upper age limit for UK Prime Ministers either – should there be?

What are your views? Should there be an upper age limit to be a US Presidential candidate? If, so what should it be? Does age have an impact on competency? 

Should there be an upper age limit to be a Presidential candidate?

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CoffeeCake
16th Oct 2020
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There is no “current” retirement age. Employers cannot force anyone to retire. The only set age is the age at which one can claim the UK State pension which has recently gone up to 66 and will gradually increase to 67 from 2026 and then to 68 from 2044.
BernadetteD1
12th Oct 2020
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Older age brings experience to the office but not necessarily wisdom. It is a demanding job and office holders need to be fit physically and mentally. From my own experience with ageing, I would think 70 should be the limit for election, so that they finish at 73 or 76, if two terms. It’s the same for the UK, PMs should not be older than the current retirement age.
banyan21
9th Oct 2020
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It's not our business we don't have an upper age limit
Casualgrey
8th Oct 2020
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Its none of our business the only ones that should voice an opinion are the American. Its there country not ours . How do we like it when other nationalities tell us what to .... we don't do we
viking
8th Oct 2020
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Watching the antics from the USA, the characters involved appear to be very healthy and youthful in their appearance. However the cosmetic surgery industry seems to be in a very lucrative state there possibly meaning that "all that glistens is not gold"

However cranial surgery for lobotomies does not get much of a mention. Not wishing to malign our neighbours, and nothing is inferred, but appearances can be deceptive
Tallguy01
8th Oct 2020
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It's difficult to make an overview on the US when you don't actually live there.

However, given that it is the most powerful Country in the World etc., I think if I lived there I would not be happy with Presidents well over 70 years if age.

I certainlywould not vote for or support a UK politician over the age of 65 to run for PM.

The stress etc associated with the role is greater than that of a CEO of a Multi National.

Mind you one only has to look towards the US Congress and there we have a lady in charge who is well over 75!!!! or is it 80!!!!!. TGhe same criticism applies to the UK House of Lords - some of the members cannot stay awake during an afternoon debate, no doubt following a couple of Glasswes of Claret etc.

In case anyone chokes on my comments I am 68, and I do practice what I preach. On turning 65 I resigned from my Council, and a number of other volunteer committies - All organisations whether it be a Country or something local need young / middle aged thoughts and ideas.

Just the mid afternoon ideas of an active retired person on a beautiful Autumn afternoon here in Lancashire.
anubis
7th Oct 2020
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I remember Ronald Regan and Nancy having to prompt him as his memory deteriorated need somebody younger who is on top of their game
AnneF72
7th Oct 2020
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I think the upper age limit should be 60. May I add that if Trump and Biden are America’s best what on Earth is going on.
Yodama
5th Oct 2020
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Wisdom does not necessarily come with age, neither does experience.
It depends on the person. Some much older men and women are vigorous and sharp while others succumb to deterioration in both mind and body

Before looking at the age aspect, we must first look closely at who is advising the president's ( any president) and who is shaping world policy.
A group of unelected dinasaurs wield all the power behind the "throne," dinasaurs such as Henry Kissinger, who at 97, is still active and powerful, especially in the case of China versus Trump. He meets with Presidents, Prime ministers and power brokers around the world in spite of his age.
He has advised Trump on China, Russia and other country's policy.

He says of Donald Trump in the Financial Times:

“I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences. It doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident. (sic.)

Smokes and mirrors if you believe all the brainwashing media has to tell you. The media is bought and paid for by the powerful.
Trump can only make his own decisions on a small scale, the dinasaur power brokers make all the major decisons and orchestrate world changes.

I think Donald may remain sharp if he were to win another term in office, Joe Biden on the other hand is already struggling and should give up.
Quite a difference between the two.
Lionel
5th Oct 2020
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Pretty good assessment, Yodama My only question is which way is it going to go because the Yanks can be pretty stoopid when it comes to believing bull crepe? They did, afterall, put in Obama, and then re-elected him believing the whitewash he came out with
Yodama
6th Oct 2020
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I don't think the Yanks are stoopid Lionel, just chanelled in the direction they are required to go via media brainwashing techniques.

Henry Kissinger said in an interview with Andrew Neil before Trump was elected, whether he ( Trump) would be up to the challenge.
Kissinger said it plainly enough.
"The world is undergoing huge changes and that change will work itself out regardless of who the President of the United states is."

What he actually means when he say's "World changes are taking place," is that under the Covid Trojan horse the "New order" which has been planned for many years is being brought about.
Klaus Schwab calls Covid an "opportunity" for the " Great Reset of Capitilism" or "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" which is being finalised right now.
All this covid connectivity being rolled out worldwide, will be instrumental in "Blockchain" (you should read up on blockchain,) success.
I prefer to call it the 4th Reich.

President's, Prime Ministers etc, will become obsolete, just hand puppets while "they" will be making decisions on how the world is run.

https://youtu.be/7xUk1F7dyvI

https://youtu.be/PwynoyazBXA

Too strongly worded some may say, tinfoil hat brigade rant, some may say....Do your research I say.
GinaP3
5th Oct 2020
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I think it is a sorry state of affairs that a country as big as the US has no better candidates .
I am in my 70s and of course like many feel I am much younger however my body does not and much as I don't like the idea of putting limits on I think we should be realistic and recognise that there is a level of energy , both mentally and physically, that is needed to be able to fully commit to the role ( both here and in the US).
Unfortunately money plays a big part in this on both sides of the Atlantic. Perhaps if we could take that out of the equation and have a more level playing field we would get a lot more choice.
Zillah
3rd Oct 2020
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It’s possible for a good president to serve 2 terms. Ideally age 60 in my opinion should be the age limit to run. But possibly 65. Certainly no older.
Retiredyorkie
3rd Oct 2020
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Think its up to the American people top make decisions about who is their President
Greenp
2nd Oct 2020
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We need a man like trump to stop China from taken over the world which looks like what they are trying to do,does it matter what age they are as long as they do a good job
cerianne
2nd Oct 2020
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l would just want someone decent, ethical & who cared about everyone, the age or gender is not important. Both America & Britain nave immoral & inept leaders one middle aged one old so it highlights age has nothing to do with leadership or lack of leadership.
Valleyman
2nd Oct 2020
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I think we should avoid blatant ageism. Appoint on merit not race, gender or age. Trump has been incredible and I hope I have his energy at 74 (not so fussed on the hairstyle though).
jeanmark
2nd Oct 2020
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It is probably only the older person who can afford to run for President! I understand from a friend, who has just done her postal vote, that the other 3 candidates are younger but do not stand a chance.
Reebe
2nd Oct 2020
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I feel to take on such a position of responsibility should be age bound. Surely, it is recognisable that you are not as sharp at 70 as you were at 30/40. I feel 65 should be the cut off, in that way if elected, by time your term in office (4 or 5years) came to an end you would be, or approaching 70 years of age.
Lionel
2nd Oct 2020
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Hello Reebe I see you live with a cat with attitude My wife and I have two Collies with a severe dose of superiority over humans It's a weekly job to remind them they are the dogs in the house

To the matter in hand Where countries, including Great Britain, have elected younger men to such high office their lack of wisdom as opposed to intellectual ability has lead to some horrible legacies I won't now name anyone as history is a better recorder than I

Perhaps also the trappings of power might tend toward recklessness and lack of responsibility to the country in a younger man whereas an older man's head is less easily turned

Sorry about the lack of full stops My keep board is dying and Amazon hasn't yet delivered
keithsooty
2nd Oct 2020
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Nothing to do with us
viking
2nd Oct 2020
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It will be something to do with us when it comes to getting a trade deal post Brexit with the USA.
Lionel
1st Oct 2020
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Surely age is irrelevant here since each president has a Vice President who covers for them at times

I would have said if the man (it's been a man thus far) is capable of following through on his elelction promises with the strength of opposition Trump has faced, then good luck to him Terump gives the impression of having the energy of three men and the temper of a half a man, ideal presididential material if you ask me

Ideal Prime Ministerial material too! We may we find such a candidate?
Munsterlander
1st Oct 2020
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I am not fond of Trump but I have to say he seems to have more energy than most 30 year olds I know! I think it depends on the person.
viking
1st Oct 2020
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I partially agree about age and the deterioration of certain brain cells.
However if , as been shown recently the number of "staffers" employed by the White House [excluding toilet cleaners etc. } who will advise and cajole the president, then I think he would base most decisions on a forum basis. However with such a strong character as Trump he feels that he should not take advice but rather go his own way.
Bald123
1st Oct 2020
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I am as old as these two gents and I would not want to have the most powerful job in the world at this age. It needs to be someone in their 50s or at the very least a maximum of 60...but thinking about it probably 55 so if they do have 2 terms so 8 years they will then only be 63. If Biden did 2 terms he would be 86 and Trump a second term would be 82-rediculous

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