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Looming Crisis for Democrats: Everyone is Old

The three most talked-about Democrats with potential White House ambitions are 68, 74, and 76 years old.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2017 @10:01am
Looming Crisis for Democrats: Everyone is Old

Since Donald Trump’s electoral victory one year ago, Democrats have been in search of a compelling message. They’ve been searching for a party leader. And now, they’re searching for the fountain of youth.

A new report from Axios explains the serious old-age problem facing the Democratic Party:

Democrats are rethinking their future — but doing it with the leadership of old men and women deeply rooted in the past. The top three House Democrats in leadership are all nearly 80 years old.

By the numbers: The average age of Democrats serving under them is 61. Three of the most talked-about 2020 contenders are Sen. Bernie Sanders, 76; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 68; and former Vice President Joe Biden, 74.

Demonstrating that the problem does not just affect Democratic leadership, Axios listed a few other elderly members: “Four Democratic Reps. are more than twice the average age of their constituents: Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), 88; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), 81; Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), 76; Rep. Jose Serrano (N.Y.), 74. A few senators running for re-election will be in their 80s after another six years in office: Feinstein, Sanders, and Sen. Bill Nelson, 75.”

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but if these elderly Democrats won’t make room for younger up-and-comers, that’s exactly what they’ll have to do to find success in the Trump era.

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