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It´s been noted that once love enters the picture, the age of the parties involved become irrelevant. A few prime examples of this are: Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes, Ashton Kutcher/Demi Moore just to name a few.

But when it comes to politics or the US presidency, and you cross the age of thirty five, is there an appropriate age for any prospective candidate?

John McCain, the Republican Nominee is in his early seventies. Some say he is too old to be in the running as holding the position of the US presidency can be quite stressful. And one would want to ensure that his/her body, major internal organs included, is strong enough to withstand at least the first term.

Senator Hillary Clinton, one of this year´s Democratic candidates is sixty. She is neither too old nor too young, but maybe, as far as her age and experience are concerned, she could be just right.

And since she has been already labeled the ´Underdog´ in this particular race, ´Underdog or not, it seems as though she is sophisticated enough to be able to take the criticisms that are handed to her as well as the praises.

Next is this year´s other Democratic Candidate, Senator Barack Obama. At 46, and with just three or four years in the senate, some say he is way too young to be running for the highest office in the nation.

Since backing out of a prospective debate after not faring too well in the last ABC one, is Mr. Obama showing his maturity or lack there of? Let´s say, for example he does end up becoming the Democratic Nominee, does he think the debates are going to end just because he does not like debates?

Maybe his sensitivity level needs some age,or he should have spent a little more time in the Senate before running, as bolstering his sensitivity level and gaining more experience can enable anyone to take the heat that is dealt to any prospective candidate on any given day.

The matter of age may play a small part where the presidency is concerned. For when the sun sets for another day, I guess it´s just what you do with it that´s important when the candidates and/or nominee(s) place their mental toughness or maturity on display.

Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook

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The following comments are for "McCain, Obama, Clinton, Age and Politics"
by JudyRamsook

Politics and Age
As you say Judy, once thoughts of love begin then age becomes irrelevant. I think it may be that presidential elections are similar...unless American voters fall for a candidate, they will not vote for him (or her). As to this election, McCain is 'the American hero' easy to love perhaps, but tainted by associations with party and wars. Hillary, the best qualified of all the candidates, yet abrasive and perhaps for a section of likely voters tainted by her husband's harder to love - at least for some. Obama, young and handsome, is easier...unless you add in his race and remember the enduring racism of American society. As a Briton, but one who has lived in the US, I am fascinated by this election. I want a democrat in the White House...for the world and because I love your country. I don't much care which one, but I hope it comes down to a decision that ignores age and focuses on visions of the future.

Enjoyed your piece!


( Posted by: Sebastian08 [Member] On: April 25, 2008 )

politics and age
Hi Sebastian08 or Michael,

And thanks. I think one's maturity speaks volumes over one's actual age. For it's the maturity that's going to get one over the rough spots as well as the good times.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: April 25, 2008 )

age is a tool
I would say Obama has backed away from debates because his philosophy is weak and he can only speak a well scripted line.

Hillary is very smart, wiley, crafty, and ruthless -- great traits for politics. I would say more knowledgeable, smart, and qualified than Obama.

McCain is extremely qualified, more knowlegeable in many areas than Hillary, and as for his ability to handle stress I believe he eats stress for breakfast. What he endured as a POW is a good example. True that was eons ago, but I think all who endure those kinds of situations end up with a very high tolerance for stress, although a quick temper as McCain has.

Problem is, McCain is really a Democrat in sheeps clothing. I think this is one of the most subtle but wickedly inventive concoctions that the Democratic party has come up with in Years.

They used to have former Democrats switch parties, then run for election (while keeping the liberal Democratic philosophy). Now they have a dyed in the wool, just left of center liberal that has rode the Republican wagon all his life, but who has played the Democratic tune. Kind of a Manchurian candidate.

As for which would make the best President:

If Obama gets the nod we're in trouble
If Hillary somehow pulls the Dem nomination out of her....hat, then I say she'll be so ineffective because if you think Bush is devisive, wait to see what happens with the Clintons in the big house.
If McCain wins the election then the Democrats have won and they can party as hard as if Hillary or Obama has won.

Hey, thanks for letting me vent spleen here -- I usually do not talk or write about politics or relgion because I am unqualified for either. I just think there is no depth to any of the 3 that are stumping right now -- we'll be riding the wave of inflation, high unemployment, and corruption now matter who wins.


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: May 9, 2008 )

age is a tool
Hi BW,

So McCain is really a democrat, wow, I guess it's good to know and thanks.

( Posted by: JudyRamsook [Member] On: May 10, 2008 )

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