Should American Citizens Consider Age in the 2020 Election?

Kinsey Clements, Staff Writer

Throughout the very controversial 2020 presidential campaign, debates over many different issues have arisen among the Democrats and Republicans. One dispute in particular is over Democratcic presidential front-runner, Joe Biden’s, old age and his memory loss associated with that. As per usual, Democrats are taking Biden’s side and calling his memory loss a normal part of life, and that his forgetfulness is just a symptom of the stressful presidential campaign. In contrast, Republicans are going against Biden and taking this issue more seriously by associating his forgetfulness with senility. 


While Biden traveled to New Hampshire in order to make a presidential speech, he confused the state with Vermont, as he told the citizens of New Hampshire that he was enjoying his time in Vermont. This may seem like a miniscule mistake to some, as New Hampshire and Vermont are neighboring states, but is it really? Forgetting what state you’re making you own presidential speech in?


Another, more publicized example which conveys Bidens poor memory is when he forgot that he was not Vice President during the time that the Parkland shootings took place. This should seem like less of a minuscule mistake to the citizens of America, as a former Vice President should remember his own service term, shouldn’t he? 


This point of argument has become increasingly more relevant as American citizens are beginning to question if electing a president that easily forgets important events, past or present, is such a good idea. This has shown to be true in recent campaigns Biden has held, as most of his potential voters appear to be older. In addition, it seems to appear that the younger generations are ready for a new and “improved” candidate, as they seem to be showing their faces more at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s campaigns. 


All in all, voters participating in the  2020 election should do their research and weigh the pros and cons of electing a president who has prior experience in the White House, but who’s memory problems could potentially worsen over the years and affect our country if elected president.