Reid: Dem 2020 class looks like an 'old folks' home'

Reid: Dem 2020 class looks like an 'old folks' home'
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The prospective class of Democrats who could run for president in 2020 is shaping up as an "old-folks’ home," according to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.).

Reid made the remark earlier this month when asked by an aide whether he might support a White House run by Vice President Biden, according to New York Magazine.

In response to the question, Reid mentioned the age of several prominent Democrats who are talked about as likely candidates in 2020.

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“It depends on who’s running,” Reid told his staff. “It appears we’re going to have an old-folks’ home. We’ve got [Elizabeth] Warren; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie [Sanders] will be 79.”

Earlier this month, Biden joked about running for president in 2020, telling reporters that he was “not committing not to run.”

The vice president later said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that while he does not plan to run, he has learned “to never say never.”

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.), who ran a failed bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE, blasted speculation about the 2020 election earlier this month. He said the focus should be on "real problems" like income inequality and the struggles of the middle class.