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/Arianity Jun 16 '22

Is the age of a candidate more important than their policies

I don't know if I would say it's more important, but it is a factor. You don't want to have to worry that the candidate is going to drop dead, or get incapacitated, or is just less flexible/nimble over all.

I like Bernie, but i would prefer a younger more nimble Bernie if you gave me the option. As much as I agree with him on a policy level, I do think his age has some effect on what he can do.

And that's not even getting into how they're intertwined. A lot of older more moderate politicians are tied to the fact that their political views were shaped in a very different climate