How Old Would President ___ Be? 
Ages of 2020 Presidential Candidates on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021

Are Democratic voters looking for a fresh, young face or a more experienced and seasoned figure?  The field has largely taken shape.  As the chart below shows a lot of young prospects have entered the race.  The recent examples of Presidents Clinton and Obama, who were both 46 years old when they were sworn in for their first terms, suggest youth could be an asset.  Sen. Bernie Sanders stands out as the oldster in the field of potential candidates; he would be 79 years 4.4 months on Inauguration Day 2021; not far behind is Vice President Joe Biden at 78 years 2 months.  (President Trump would be 74 years 7.3 months).  The age question has arisen in a number of presidential campaigns over the last several decades.  Sen. John McCain faced it when he was the Republican nominee in 2008.  McCain would have been 72 years 4.8 months on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, 2009, and some voters did cite his age among the factors for not voting for him.  Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican nominee, likewise faced age concerns; he would have been 73 years 6.0 months on Inauguration Day.  President Ronald Reagan, during a 1984 campaign debate with Sen. Walter Mondale, famously declared, "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."  Reagan was 73 at the time.  Age is a fair topic for discussion, but as long as a candidate is in good health, up to the job and has a good running mate as backup, the real question isn't his or her age, but the experience and energy he or she would bring to the job, his or her leadership skills, temperament, common sense, problem-solving ability and views.

50.0 or younger
50.01-55.0
55.01-60.0
60.01-65.0
65.01-70.0
70.01-75.0
older than 75

P.Buttigeig
39 years 0.1 mos.


T.Gabbard
39 years 9.3 mos.


E.Swalwell
40 years 2.1 mos.

S.Moulton
42 years 2.3 mos


A.Yang
46 years 0.3 mos.


J.Castro
46 years 4.2 mos.

W.Messam
46 years 7.5 mos.


T.Ryan
47 years 6.2 mos.


B.O'Rourke
48 years 3.8 mos.



C.Booker
51 years 8.8 mos.


K.Gillibrand
54 years 1.4 mos.


S.Bullock
54 years 9.4 mos.

M.Bennet
56 years 1.8 mos.


K.Harris
56 years 3 mos.



J.Delaney
57 years 9.2 mos.


B.de Blasio
59 years 8.5 mos.




A.Klobuchar
60 years 7.9 mos.




M.Williamson
68 years 6.5 mos.



J.Hickenlooper
68 years 11.5 mos.


J.Inslee
69 years 11.4 mos.

E.Warren
71 years 7 mos.

J.Biden
78 years 2 mos.

B.Sanders
79 years 4.4 mos.















FORMER







R.Ojeda
50 years 3.9 mos.








NOT RUNNING




E.Garcetti
49 years 11.5 mos.


M.O'Malley
58 years 0.1 mos.


A.Cuomo
63 years 1.5 mos.


T.Steyer
63 years 6.8 mos.



T.McAuliffe
63 years 11.4 mos.



J.Merkley
64 years 2.9 mos.



D.Patrick
64 years 5.7 mos.


S.Brown
68 years 2.4 mos.

E.Holder
70 years 0 mos.

M.Bloomberg
78 years 11.2 mos.



REPUBLICAN








D.Trump
74 years, 7.3 mos.

W.Weld
75 years, 5.7 mos.



POTENTIAL
INDEP.







H.Schultz*
67 years, 6.1 mos.


50.0 or younger
50.01-55.0
55.01-60.0
60.01-65.0
65.01-70.0
70.01-75.0
older than 75




Past Presidents



Clinton
46 years 5.1 mos.

Obama
46 years 5.6 mos.
G.W.Bush
54 years 6.5 mos.

G.H.W.Bush
64 years 7.3 mos.
Reagan
69 years 11.5 mos.

Trump
70 years, 7.3 mos.

 
Ages of recent presidents when they were sworn in:
Trump - 2017
70 years 7.3 mos.
Obama - 2013
50 years 5.6 mos.
Obama - 2009
46 years 5.6 mos.
Bush - 2005
58 years 6.5 mos.
Bush - 2001
54 years 6.5 mos.
Clinton - 1997
50 years 5.1 mos.
Clinton - 1993
46 years 5.1 mos.
Bush - 1989
64 years 7.3 mos.
Reagan -1985
73 years 11.5 mos.
Reagan - 1981
69 years 11.5 mos.
Carter - 1977
52 years 3.7 mos.
Ford - 1974
61 years 0.9 mos.


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