Is age of a politician an issue for you? 17 replies

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Relander

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#1 10 years ago

When Ronald Reagan ran for office in 1980's his age was an issue for some people. Now some people are worried about John McCain's age despite of his seemingly energetic and active personality & campaigning.

Generally speaking does it matter for you if a politician is old or is it just about the credentials? Is age a factor for you in picking a politician to support or vote for?




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#2 10 years ago

Nope not at all.

Older politicians tend to be more expirienced and generally more conservative, while younger ones are much more about chanching the way things are and are willing to tackle the modern problems of society.

I say both are needed older ones to keep in check the younger ones and younger ones to remind the elder not to stay focused on the smae things for to long.




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#3 10 years ago

For me age is just a number. A young man can still be very conservative and an old quite the oposite. . The old might have more exp. and that can both be good and bad. But no its not an issue for me.




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#4 10 years ago

well, i hope mccain never comes to power, but age can be an advantage, although over here in the uk, it's not. the former leader of the liberal democrats (uk 3rd party), sir menzies campbell stepped down due to him being mocked for his age (mid-late 60s) but i don't discriminate by age, but in can make a weaker government due to the "he/she's old" argument.




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#5 10 years ago

I thought Menzies Cambell was in his eighties?

Well anyway age doesn't bother so long it isn't in a situation where it would effect ones ability of fulfilling his duties in a negative way.




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#6 10 years ago

no, not that old. 66. born in 1941 as long as they aren't senile or stuck in their way of thinking which is now dated, it's fine.




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#7 10 years ago

Ming Campbell is 67.

While I believe there is a strong argument for representation of as many age groups as possible (a gerontocracy is hardly desirable), I don't see age in itself as being a major issue.

In short - I want youth voices heard and represented in parliament, but I don't mind that there are old people willing to listen. It's old people that don't listen to youth that annoys me.

As for John McCain, you can point out that he is older than Israel, Batman, or FM radio (and many other things), but it's really a waste of time.

Actually, looking at it, there's an American senator who's been in office since January 1959. What an utter waste of a life!




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#8 10 years ago

who is that senator? to me age doesn't mean anything, because it creates sterotypes too easily




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#9 10 years ago

No one seems to take notice of my point so I'll state it again.

The stereotypes or age doesn't make a difference as long as it doesn't affect the ability as a politician, which is unlikely that it will anyway.




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#10 10 years ago
nanobot_swarm;4358755who is that senator? to me age doesn't mean anything, because it creates sterotypes too easily

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