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 ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial 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.

“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) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.), who ran a failed bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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.