As life expectancy continues to rise due in large part to medical advancements, age – as it relates to the presidency – doesn’t seem to matter much anymore. Donald Trump, at 70, is the oldest individual ever to assume the office of the presidency.
In 2008, John McCain’s age was frequently brought up as a negative factor. He was 72. However, Bernie Sanders’ age didn’t seem to be much of an issue in the 2016 election cycle. He would have been 75 on election day had he gotten the Democratic nomination.
Now, a popular Democratic governor has rather nonchalantly tossed his hat in the 2020 presidential ring…sort of.
SFGate reports that during a news conference Thursday in Concord, California, Governor Jerry Brown said:
“I don’t think I’m running for office. I only have lieutenant governor, treasurer and controller left.”
Someone in the audience yelled out: “Or president!” To which Brown replied: “But I’d be 82 then. [Pause] Don’t rule it out.”
Brown was likely being facetious in his remark. In fact, an aide later said he “was joking.”
To be fair, Brown does seem to have a thirst for elected office, running to be the Democratic nominee for president in 1976, 1980, and 1992, as well as serving four terms as governor (first, from 1975 – 1982, then again from 2011 – now).
Additionally, politicians and their aides frequently demur when it comes to matters such as these, so don’t be surprised if in 2020, Brown tries his luck once again.