Ron DeSantis claims age of Donald Trump, Joe Biden is ‘legitimate concern’ for voters

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'The presidency is not a job for someone that's 80 years old.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is betting American voters are ready for a youth movement in the executive branch.

During a Tuesday night appearance on the CBS Evening News, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate argued President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump might be too old for the electorate.

“I think that’s absolutely a legitimate concern,” DeSantis told Norah O’Donnell.

The Governor then noted that he’s gotten to know older people in his current role.

“The presidency is not a job for someone that’s 80 years old, and there’s nothing wrong with being 80,” DeSantis added. “Obviously, I’m the Governor of Florida. I know a lot of people who are elderly; they’re great people, but you’re talking about a job where you need to give it 100%.”

He then suggested the founders of the country may have imposed limits if they could have anticipated the current era.

“You need, we need an energetic President, and I think that if the founders could kind of look at this again, I do think they probably would have put an age limit on some of these offices. I mean, it seems like our leadership class now in Washington — 75, 80, 80-plus years old is where those folks are.

“And I think … if Biden is the Democrat nominee, I’m the Republican nominee, I think there’s a lot of Americans that are going to want to see a generational passing of the torch,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis has made an issue of Biden’s age before.

“This is a guy that’s stumbling around the world stage. He’s projecting weakness,” DeSantis said on Monday’s “Ingraham Angle.”

“I think our enemies have already taken advantage of that. It’s likely to invite even more problems around the world. And so, you know, it’s sad, but I think it’s obvious that he’s been struggling for quite some time,” DeSantis added.

Over the years, the Governor has offered casual comments that some saw as ageist.

In 2020, he said, “Florida is ground zero for the nursing home; we’re God’s waiting room,” pointing out Florida’s unique vulnerability to COVID-19.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    September 12, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Just because he is young (ish) does not qualify him for the presidency. Furthermore, he is wildly unpopular and out of touch with his age cohort. As the old man Ronald Reagan famously said of one his young rivals: I will not hold his age against him.

    Ron lacks the temperament, knowledge and wisdom to serve as president. He is a DeSaster.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    September 12, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    Good evening America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, in my beloved Fire Side Chats With Earl have already discussed in great detail with the voters the 2024 POTUS Age issues.
    I addressed it in my comprehensive “No More GRAMPERS POTUS” hit streaming video shows and Americans are all on board with electing Ron Desantis over Grampers Joe and Grampers Donald.
    Whats confusing you is just the nature of the game of politics. So for now we all just should pretend its a 3 way race when actually neither of the 2 Grampers, Joe or Don, stand a chance.
    Thank you America

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 13, 2023 at 10:51 am

      You ass.

  • My Take

    September 12, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    It’s not a job for a fascist either.
    DeSScumtis is totally unqualified.
    High energy and quick reponses are no benefit when the respnses are wrong.

  • My Take

    September 12, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Doddering Donald
    How is Trumpy going to react to that?

  • My Take

    September 13, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Còme on Runty, call Trumpy an “old fart”; you know you want to.

  • Dale A Arnold

    September 13, 2023 at 10:47 am

    This from the guy that got out foxed by the mouse?
    Imagine what Putin or Xi Jinping would do to Ronnie?

    • M. Mouse

      September 13, 2023 at 10:53 am

      They’ll tear him a new one! And he doesn’t need a new one because I already tore a new one for him!

  • Biscuit

    September 13, 2023 at 11:06 am

    If DeSantis is right and Americans want a younger president, he makes a good candidate if it’s a 12 year old valley boy they’re looking for. Because, like, you know, like, he talks like one. Like, yeah. Like, you know?
    Yeah, that’s exactly what America wants. A befuddled child.
    Stupid human.

  • Ignatius Dis Loyola

    September 13, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    Ron DeSantis is not the only one who thinks Bidens age is worrisome. So does David Ignatius, whose WaPo column today is the unofficial end of the Biden presidency. This is Biden’s Cronkite Moment.

  • My Take

    September 14, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    An old duffer with good advisors whom he listens to is far less of a risk than an arrogànt younger “knows everything” radical and bigot.

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