Outside of the current President, there are only four men living who understand the true rigors of the office. Jimmy Carter is one of those men. When Carter served in the White House, he was in his mid-50’s.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the advanced ages of Democratic front runners Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden (76). According to former President Carter, it would be too hard for an 80 year-old to endure the rigors of the job.
When Carter made the comments, he did not mention either Biden of Sanders by name. The former Georgia governor said:
“I hope there’s an age limit. If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president. You had to be very flexible with your mind. You have to be able to go from one subject to another and concentrate on each one adequately and then put them together in a comprehensive way.”
Former President Jimmy Carter: "I hope there's an age limit [on the presidency]. If I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don't believe I could undertake the duties that I experienced when I was president." pic.twitter.com/nta25Ek94Y
— The Hill (@thehill) September 18, 2019
Speaking at the Carter Center, the former President had been jokingly asked about seeking a second term. He continued, “The things I faced in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them at 80 years old. At 95, it’s out of the question. I’m having a hard time walking.”
Carter was also asked who he was planning on voting for. He told the audience, “I don’t know who I will vote for, but I will vote for one of them. I voted for Bernie the last time. But one of the major factors I have in my mind is who can beat Trump.”
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