Former President Carter Hopes for Age Limit for Presidency

Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter claims that there must be a limit on the presidency, recalling that he would not have been able to serve as president at the age of 80, The Hill reported.

“I hope there’s an age limit,” Carter, 94, said during his annual report at the Carter Center in Atlanta, according to The Associated Press. “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.”

Carter’s comments came in response to a question about whether he would consider running for president in 2020 given that he served just one term.

The former president did not mention any specific candidate by name, but President Trump is currently 73 years old, former Vice President Joe Biden would be 78 on inauguration day and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would be 79. 

The comment comes amid an internal Democratic debate over whether concerns over a candidate’s age are fair game or ring of ageism. Particular focus has been paid on Biden, who has suffered from a string of gaffes and gives at times halting performances during speeches and debates.

“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, like I did between Begin and Sadat with the peace agreement,” Carter said, noting that a President has to “be very flexible with your mind,” particularly on foreign affairs. 

Carter, who backed Sanders in 2016, has warned Democrats from veering too far to the left, citing issues like a single-payer health insurance platform as issues that could turn off voters who dislike President Trump. However, he maintained he remains undecided as the 2020 primary heats up. 

“I’m going to keep an open mind,” he said, adding the nominee should champion peace and human rights. 

“One of the major factors I will have in my mind is who can beat Trump,” he added, though he said he would vote for whoever Democrats ultimately nominate.

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