Sen. Graham: ‘No’ to Age Limit on Presidency

By Ben Kelley | June 23, 2022 | 10:50am EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Getty Images)

(CNSNews) – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said on Wednesday that he did not support imposing an age limit on the presidency.

At the US Capitol, CNS News asked the senator, “The Constitution requires the president to be at least 35 years old. Should there be a limit on how old the president can be?”

Graham responded,  “No, let’s just leave that up to the voters.”

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

On Saturday, President Joe Biden fell off of his bicycle while riding near his home in Delaware. Biden reportedly is “fine” and did not receive any medical attention. When taking office in 2021, President Biden became the nation’s oldest first-term president at 78, taking the record from his presidential predecessor Donald Trump, who was 70 years old when he was sworn into office in 2017.

Pew Research conducted a poll among Democrats in 2019 with 47% saying the best age for a president would be in their 50’s. Despite this, the top three candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020 were all septuagenarians: Elizabeth Warren (71), Bernie Sanders (78), and Biden (77).

Democrat President Joe Biden, who is now 79 years old.  (Getty Images)
Democrat President Joe Biden, who is now 79 years old. (Getty Images)

The average age of the U.S. presidents on their Inauguration Day is 55 years old. For presidents who were inaugurated in the 21st century, that average increases to 62 years old. The youngest president ever inaugurated was Theodore Roosevelt at 42 years old.

Currently, the Constitution does not have an age maximum for any office. However, the 25th Amendment, passed during the 1965 Johnson Administration, gives the president’s cabinet the ability to remove the president if he is deemed unfit to “discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Former President Jimmy Carter, who is currently the oldest living former president, endorsed an age limit on the presidency in 2019. Carter claimed that the demands of the office are so strenuous that, “I don’t think I could undertake them if I was 80 years old.”

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