May 1, 2015 11:00 am -


They forget that they’re last few presidential candidates were’t exactly millennials.

Questions of health and fitness for the presidency dogged two former candidates of a similar age, Bob Dole in the 1996 election and John McCain in 2008, each of whom was 71 at this point in the race. Time magazine featured Dole on the cover asking whether he was “too old” for the job. McCain was so determined to show that he was healthy that he often put in back-breaking campaign days…

While eschewing direct attacks, some of the Republican presidential hopefuls have found other ways to strongly hint that Clinton’s age should be an issue for voters. They have repackaged the issue as “generational” and suggested she is a product of the politics of the 20th Century. That argument will grow more vivid should Clinton face a candidate who could be a generation younger than her in the general election.

“When you look at Hilary Clinton’s age, it becomes an issue in a general election if she’s running against a 40-something new face as opposed to Governor Bush,” said Schmidt. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is 62.

Rubio, a quarter century younger than Clinton, referred to her as a “leader from yesterday” when he announced his candidacy last month.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Republicans Play Ageism Subtly Against Hillary

  1. arc99 May 1st, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Are any of these people spreading innuendos about Hillary being too old, some of the same ones who wanted Donald Trump to run or Mitt Romney to run again?

    That would be the same Mitt Romney who is 7 months older than HRC and the same Donald Trump who is 16 months older than HRC

    Hillary Rodham Clinton Born: October 26, 1947 (age 67), Chicago, IL
    Mitt Romney Born: March 12, 1947 (age 68), Detroit, MI
    Donald Trump Born: June 14, 1946 (age 68), Queens, New York City, NY

    • Larry Schmitt May 1st, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      And St. Ronnie of Reagan was two weeks shy of 70 when he was sworn in the first time, and was senile for most of his second term.

      • rg9rts May 2nd, 2015 at 7:00 am

        Think they would admit that when he testified that he had no recall…it was true??Alzheimers onset…

    • Chris May 1st, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      And the crazy thing is that both of these men obviously dye their hair.

      If a Democratic male candidate would do that, Fox would never stop with the critique.

  2. Budda May 1st, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Watch it Repubs…most of your base is old and might not go along with the ageism shtick

    • Chris May 1st, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      They wouldn’t put 2 and 2 together on this. They’d be convinced that an old president is bad because Fox told them so. Even if delivered by old Billo.

      Look how they are rabid fans for all of the candidates who want to kill Social Security.

  3. tracey marie May 1st, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Seems that they fear her, she is for equality, choice and taxing corporations and the wealthy while moving forward in HC.

  4. Chris May 1st, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Funny how they never mentioned St. Ronnie’s age.

    Real funny.

    • rg9rts May 2nd, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Took the words out of my mouth…proving once again great minds think alike

  5. allison1050 May 2nd, 2015 at 7:51 am

    So the Eagle Scout is better prepared? The Water Boy That Can’t Find His Water Bottle is better? Gubner Opps is a better selection? Senator Pin Curls Who Can’t Even Control His Privileged Son is a better option? Should I continue? Naw, there’s too many of them. ;o)