AGE Is More of an Obstacle Than Race or Gender!!

@anniepa (27280)
United States
March 27, 2008 9:14pm CST
All the talk this election year has been about whether America is ready for either a female President or an African American President; turns out we're just about equally and considerably more "ready" for either than we are for a President who is over 70 years old. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/3/27/93759/2015/846/485298 The latest NBC/WSJ poll shows 72% of those asked are ready to vote for an African American candidate, 71% for a woman but only 61% for a candidate over 70. Do myLotters agree with this poll? How would you answer this question? I realize it's difficult when there are already names and faces attached to each of these groups but for the sake of this informal poll try to make it "generic" and pretend there aren't three front runners already that happen to include an African American a woman and an old white guy...lol! Annie
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@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
28 Mar 08
I guess if he gets elected (ughhh) we better like his VP because the man probably won't live through his whole term. Can you imagine the stress of the Presidency on a 70 year old well used heart..he's going to keel right over or lose his mind. Oh great, a Pres with Alzheimers. I don't like his age, in fact, I don't like him at all!
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
28 Mar 08
All I can say to this is "ditto, ditto, ditto"...lol! And that doesn't make me a Rush Limbaugh fan. McCain's already making gaffes like the Iran/al-Qaeda references he made three or four times. Is he already losing it or is it a ploy to ease us into a war with Iran? Either way, it's scary as he11! Annie
• United States
28 Mar 08
LOL..It'll probably only be a year and a half. I hope your mute button doesn't crap out before he does! :)
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• United States
29 Mar 08
LOL Thanks for the BR! It was great fun! :)
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@jormins (1224)
• United States
28 Mar 08
That's an interesting view. I think as long as McCain is sharp age shouldn't hurt him too much. If he starts slipping up and confusing things (like Al Qaeda in Iran) then I think it will definitely have a huge effect in the election. I have already found an interesting blog trying to prove McCain has the early stages of Alzheimers although I have not seen enough proof to even think about making that claim yet. I am anxious to see a sharp Barack Obama or even a vicious Hillary Clinton (depending who pulls out the nomination, its not over yet), going after McCain in a nationally televised debate. I just can't see him being very convincing with some of the things he has said recently. Especially looking back to his past record and Bush's past record which McCain is now veering more towards. I somewhat relish that dynamic in a debate.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
28 Mar 08
That's the problem - I think he's already lost some of his "sharpness". I really don't mean that as a put down, I'd feel the same about a Democrat, I think our President has to be very sharp and aware at all times. It's a grueling job to say the least and every President we've ever had has aged well beyond their years during just one term in office. I think the fact McCain is doing fairly well in the polls right now is because he's been getting a free ride while the Dems fight each other but once a nominee is chosen and there are one-on-one debates between the two candidates look out. Annie
• Belgium
28 Mar 08
Well, ignoring the fact that we're actually in this current situation I'd have to agree that an older candidate would be one that I'm more hesitant to vote on. Of course, this is saying that the African-American, the woman and the older man all follow the same exact beliefs. This is a completely invented situation, of course. The obvious reason why I'd be more hesitant to vote for an older candidate is due to... life span! However, being African-American or a woman aren't exactly unpleasing qualities.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
28 Mar 08
The way I look at it if a candidate is 70 when he or she takes office that would make him 78 at the end of his second term. I know a Presidential term is four years but it's always the hope it will end up being eight so to not be able to do that is really cheating your party in a sense. In our actual situation this year, McCain would be 80 by the end of a second term. I'm not for discriminating against older people, heck I'm getting close to being one myself...lol...but the fact is the reflexes start to slow down, endurance suffers, It's simply not healthy for someone of such an advanced age to have such a demanding job. Jet lag hit me pretty hard at 40 just traveling across the country so I can imagine a President having to travel all around the world on a regular basis. Annie
• Philippines
29 Mar 08
I believe there must be capability. If general people see the person as capable, no matter what his/her race, gender or age be, he'll be elected. But if there's a bias, a person who takes the side of an option because he/she wants the option because of factors that are personal. Those personal factors mean that because the option is one of their pride, their race, their gender, or because they want him/her because of their skills. Well, everybody has his/her own preferences. Discrimination is inevitable. All we need to do is be the best of ourselves.
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@kwenge (2492)
• Kenya
28 Mar 08
Hi Annie, I am not American but please allow me to put my two cents. I think for sanity purposes I would not consider any of the three options in electing a president! The leadership qualities in the contestant should be the determinant but if they have the same qualities and everything has been narrowed down to race,gender and age then I would prefer a woman simply because am also a woman and should give one like me a chance to rule us just for a difference. Race does not really count in leadership but gender and age counts alot. I stand to be corrected and am sorry for popping my nose where it does not belong. My own country was in war the other day because of tribal induced election so dear Americans vote wisely, we look up on you guys.
• United States
29 Mar 08
i think the polls are made by people who are biased and don't tend to beleive them..i have seen presidents come and go but in the end its still a low per centage of voter turn out...two thirds of the voters who can vote for the presidential election fail to either register or vote...and it is about 14 % of the voters who vote in a non presidential election...that means less then 35% of the eligable voters will elect the most powerful man in the world? or the most powerful women? but an old white guy is kind of a sad commentary on the thinking of the citizens...this is a man who has gone to prison for fighting for his country and suffered greatly but I guess he is still considered "an old white guy" that shows how low this country is slipping too....this is just something that should be read in the National Enquirer as this is pure malarkey..just vote for the Best Person for the JOB..your kids will thank you for their future