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Democrats Are Already Fretting the Age of Their 2020 Frontrunners

Elizbeth Warren turns 70 next year. Joe Biden is 76. Bernie Sanders is 77. Collectively, they earned support of more than 50 percent of Democrats in a recent presidential poll.

By NTK Staff | 11.05.2018 @10:00am
Democrats Are Already Fretting the Age of Their 2020 Frontrunners

The leading Democrats expected to challenge President Donald Trump have an age problem. The top contenders, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former Vice President Joe Biden are either in their 70s or about to be.

And while this problem is not necessarily a new one, Democrats are beginning to increasingly worry about the age of their 2020 contenders, according to a new report from The Hill.

“Democrats would be better off with a young candidate,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon, who argued that an electorate that seems to want change might prefer someone from a younger generation.

 He put it as a generational battle, this time between baby boomers and millennials.

“The desire for change is a function of a battle between an ascending generation, the millennials who want political power, and a descending generation, the baby boomers, who have the power but don’t want to give it up,” he said.

And while Warren, Sanders, and Biden are all on the older end of the spectrum, there are younger potential candidates who could step in. Notably Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are all around 50 years old. But they’re also lesser known, which adds to their challenge of winning over voters in early voting states.

A recent poll showed Biden leading the 2020 field with about a third of the vote (33 percent). He was followed by Sanders at 13 percent, and Warren earned 8 percent. Collectively, these three older candidates make up more than 50 percent of the Democrat vote.

At an event last month, Biden addressed his age:

“I think it’s totally appropriate for people to look at me and say if I were to run for office again, ‘Well, God darn, you’re old.’ Well, chronologically, I am old,” Biden said at the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan on Tuesday, CNN reported. 

“Every voter is entitled to know exactly what kind of shape you’re in,” Biden continued. “You owe it to them. It’s a legitimate question, and so I think age is relevant.”

Democrat voters will have an opportunity to decide if age is a factor over the course of the next 18 months or so, as they work through what is likely to be a long and complicated nominating process.

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