Too Old?

reagan 3Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he was inaugurated in 1981. Liberals and the Democrat Party viciously attacked him because they thought he was too old to be President. In a 1984 debate, Henry Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun tried to set Ronald Reagan up by asking if age would be an issue in that election. Ronald Reagan famously replied, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Fast forward to 2017.

If Hillary Clinton is inaugurated as our next President she will be the same age Ronald Reagan was in 1981. The other probable Democrat contenders do not fair much better. Joe Biden would be 74 years old, Bill Bradley 71, Jim Webb 70 and Elizabeth Warren, the baby out of the bunch, would be a spry 67 years of age.

Much different on the Republican side. Rick Perry, the senior in the group, would be only 66 years old on Inauguration Day in 2017. Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are both in their 40’s and  Scott Walker and Chris Christie are in their 50’s.

Not that age should be an issue, but I wonder if those Liberals so concerned 30+ years ago about Ronald Reagan will express the same opinion now?