Jimmy Carter is throwing some shade, at his ripe age of 95-years-old! The former president said that he hopes ‘there’s an age limit’ for presidency, adding that he would not have been able to handle being president at 80 years old. His statement appears to be a jab presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and possibly even President Donald Trump.
When asked if he ever thought about running again in 2020, Carter responded, “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.”
Bernie Sanders is 78-years-old, Joe Biden will be turning 77 in November, and President Trump is 73. If Sanders or Biden ever saw office, they would both turn 80 during their term.
Carter, 95, served as the 39th U.S. president from 1977 until 1981, when he was in his 50s. Speaking during his annual report at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday, he said he hopes “there’s an age limit” to serving in one of the most powerful positions in the world.
Carter lost his reelection bid to Ronald Reagan, who served two terms and left office as the oldest sitting president in history, at age 77. President Trump, who’s 73 years old, is a record-setter, too — he passed Reagan’s mark as the oldest newly elected president in history.
Honestly, if we could have Ronald Reagan for another term, I would vote for him, hands down!
The age of presidential nominees has come into play as they vie for the role. At last week’s Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, front-runner Biden came under fire for his mental acuity — most notably from former Housing Secretary Julian Castro who swiped at Biden’s memory.
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“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 added, “One of the major factors I will have in my mind is who can beat Trump.”
Interestingly enough, Carter voted for Sanders in the previous election.