Republicans Play Ageism Subtly Against Hillary
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.