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Reid: Potential 2020 Democratic Nominees Too Old

| by Robert Fowler

Former Senate Minority Leader, retired Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, has offered a withering assessment of his party's presidential bench for the 2020 election, citing that the current crop of front-runners would all be well into their 70s.

On Dec. 27, Reid stated that he would have to wait and see if he would support Vice President Joe Biden if he ran in the 2020 Democratic primary.

"It depends on who's running," Reid said, according to New York Magazine. "It appears we're going to have an old-folks' home."

Surveying the field of presumed front-runners to become the 2020 Democratic nominee, Reid suggested that Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Biden would all be too old to serve as viable candidates.

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"We've got Warren; she'll be 71," Reid said. "Biden will be 78. Bernie will be 79."

Biden has given mixed signals on whether or not he would mount a presidential campaign to deny President-elect Donald Trump reelection in 2020. Despite repeated suggestions that he would throw his hat in the ring, Biden's current stance is that he has no plans to run, according to Politico.

Meanwhile, Sanders has left the door open for another presidential run in 2020, while Warren is set to hold a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2017, perhaps signaling that she has determined to bolster her foreign policy experience for a potential campaign.

Also joining the Senate Armed Services Committee next year is Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, another rumored candidate for 2020, who could also use additional foreign policy credentials, according to The Hill.

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At 47-years-old, Booker would not present the same concerns over his age that Biden, Sanders, and Warren might be subjected to.

On Dec. 22, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found that 43 percent of self-identified Democrats were excited about a Biden bid for 2020, while 31 percent would not like to see him compete in the election. 44 percent of respondents expressed enthusiasm for a potential Sanders campaign, while 38 percent were against him running again, USA TODAY reports.

Meanwhile, 34 percent of respondents reported they would be excited by Warren entering the presidential race, while 27 percent would rather she sit 2020 out.

The survey's highest-ranking contender was not a specific person, but the prospect of someone completely new to the national stage. 66 percent of Democrats said that they hoped to see "someone entirely new" become their standard bearer in 2020.

It would appear Reid would agree with that majority, so long as that contender is younger than 70-years-old.

Sources: The HillNew York MagazinePolitico, USA TODAY / Photo Credit: Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs/Flickr

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