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The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias
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The politics of ageism: Some are concerned about candidates’ ages, but others say it’s just another form of bias

During the second Presidential debate of 1984, in response to the question of whether he was too old to be president, the 73-year-old incumbent, Ronald Reagan, deflected the question by good-naturedly teasing his 56-year-old Democratic opponent, Walter Mondale. “I will not make age an issue of this campaign,” Reagan says. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Of course, Reagan was well aware of the reservations a number of people had about someone his age continuing to hold such a demanding job. Playing on those concerns by flipping them gave his quip extra punch. ““The reality is that the racial, ethnic and gender makeup ...