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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:21 PM

Who are the young leaders in the Democratic Party?

There is something to be said for wisdom and experience but age takes a toll on everyone. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are excellent public servants and are considered front-runners for the Democratic Presidential nomination. But, unless you are older, there is a big difference between 55 years old and 65 years old. As we get older, age can act as an almost exponential process.

However, Hillary would be 69 years of age, the same as Reagan when he took office. And Joe Biden would be 73 years old, the oldest President ever elected. Did we think Reagan was too old?

Republicans, on the other hand, are going for youth. They are grooming losers like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan to lead their Party. Any sane person would choose either Hillary or Biden over any of the young radicals of the Republican Party but where is the bench for the Democratic Party? Who is there in 2020? Is it time for some of the younger Democrats to step up and take over leadership?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:26 PM

1. The Castro brothers are the first ones I thought of and I'm sure we have many young women who

will be ready for the role. Elizabeth Warren is one who comes to mind.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:28 PM

3. Oh yes, Warren. And Dean isn't old either, and he's more than qualified...

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Response to fadedrose (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:31 PM

5. I do like Howard Dean very much and would be thrilled to see him enter the race..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:31 PM

4. Warren was born in 1949, she's currently 63 yrs old. There are younger ones ...


that could be considered in 2020 - like Kirsten Gillibrand

List of current U.S. Senators by age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_Senators_by_age


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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:32 PM

6. I love Elizabeth Warren and will proudly vote for her is she ran, however, you do know

 

that Senator Warren and Hillary45 are just about the same age, don't you?

And let me ask you, as Sen. Warren is a singular person, an amazing job she has in front of her, tell me, who do you want to replace her in her job?

Remember, no one was good for that job but her.

Why would you want her to so quickly leave that position?

To run for President takes now years.

And one is away from office for a few weeks a month

How can she help fix the Wall Street or Banking mess if she is not in the committee?

Answer: she couldn't.

A person cannot in 2013-2016 years, do all this.

And anyone else would NOT do the great job we expect Sen. Warren to do, once Congress is in actual session.

and please, Why don't we stop the ageism?
imho

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:11 PM

12. As far as ageism goes I'm older than any of them. President Obama was a senator for a short time

before he got into the race. I do agree however, that Senator Warren has a full plate but we are talking four years down the road.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:36 PM

8. What are their first names? WHICH one are you in favor of? What policies of theirs inspires you?

I read people citing "the Castro brothers" all the time around here at DU. I think with some of these name droppers they're being treated like tokens.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:27 PM

2. I bet Howard Dean knows some of them. nt

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:35 PM

7. Governor O' Malley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_O'Malley

Cuomo, ...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in her 40s, not that I think she may run for president, but. Gillibrand is another name that comes to mind.


You also have Chris Murphy, who is just 30, Joe Kennedy III, who is barely older, and others.

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Response to Mass (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:42 PM

9. I like O'Malley.

Also, Whitehouse and Merkley are possibilities.

edit spelling

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:43 PM

10. The party on the outs often runs younger candidates. That said, Dems do better with young Turks.

Dems elected when a Republican was in the White House
FDR - 50
JFK - 43
Carter - 50
Clinton - 46
Obama - 47

avg age = 47.2


Republicans elected when a Democrat was in the White House
Dubya* - 54
Reagan - 69
Nixon - 57
Eisenhower - 62
Harding - 55

avg age = 59.4


* - just work with me here, okay?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:59 PM

11. Nina Turner, 45, the Minority Whip for the Ohio Senate

I would love to see her in D.C. some day. She's a firebrand. She doesn't take any crap as I'm sure she's seen enough of it from the Republicans in Ohio.

Also, already in D.C.,

Alan Grayson, 54.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 46.

And Kyrsten Sinema is only 36.

Also outside D.C.,

Cory Booker is only 43, though I think he has some developing to do.



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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:14 PM

13. The Party should get some young leaders who think everything is fixed and there's no hope

and the "PTB" and corporate whores run everything!

That would be awesome.

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