r/TooAfraidToAsk Jun 16 '22

Why is the narrative of the coming election focused on age instead of policy? Meta

Is the age of a candidate more important than their policies? Bernie Sanders is old as the hills but his policies are more progressive than any politician I've seen in my lifetime. Is age just a distraction?

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u/[deleted] Jun 16 '22

There are two concerns. One is that an older person may be out of touch with younger constituents. The other is that people experience cognitive decline as they age, which could affect their decision making. Or they could die and leave a VP who isn't as well liked in charge.

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u/HoagieStomp Jun 16 '22

Hasn't that always been a thing though? Regardless of age. A president only serves for a brief time.

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u/[deleted] Jun 16 '22

This isn't a new concern. I personally remember people worrying about John McCain's age in 2008 and Bob Dole's in 1996. After Ronald Reagan left office, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and avoiding to some reports he may have shown symptoms during his 8 year term.

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u/A-Blind-Seer Jun 16 '22

8 years of Reagan....yes, I'm still bitter