- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

How old is too old to run for president? Americans have an age range in mind. Consider that the current crop of presidential hopefuls ranges in age from 43 to 75 - and in the middle is Gov. Scott Walker checking in at 47, Sen. Rand Paul at 52, Martin O’Malley at 53, Jeb Bush at 63, Hillary Clinton at 67. Too name a few.

But now there’s a YouGov poll revealing what age Americans actually prefer. Less than 1 percent look to anyone over 70. And the rest of the numbers: 8 percent prefer a candidate from 60-69 years old, 9 percent want someone under 40, 38 percent preferred a candidate between 40 and 49 and 44 percent went for the 50-59 set.

Analyst William Jordan did the basic math here and reports that, essentially, 92 percent of the nation would like somebody under 60 on the ballot. The survey also revealed that 47 percent say “strength and experience” is more important for a presidential candidate than “new direction and new ideas,” preferred by 39 percent.

Mr. Jordan cited Ronald Reagan as a prime example of someone who handled his age very well. In 1984, the 73-year old Gipper effectively neutralized it during the second debate with 56-year old Walter Mondale, Mr. Jordan notes.

“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign,” Reagan told his opponent. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

That zinger is now in many video archives. See it here.

Voters, meanwhile, are not keen on the socialist label says a new poll from Rasmussen Reports, which reveals that a slim 13 percent of likely U.S. voters would consider it a positive if a political candidate was described as being a socialist. Some findings of interest, perhaps, to a certain Vermont Independent.

There’s one quality that everyone appears to favor: 90 percent of GOP primary voters are “enthusiastic/comfortable” about voting for someone with a military background; 57 percent of Democratic primary voters agree - this according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

There’s quite a partisan divide in one aspect, though: 90 percent of Democrats would feel comfortable and enthusiastic voting for a woman candidate - 54 percent of Republicans agree.


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