Sanders slams questions over age: Judge people by 'what their record is'

Sanders slams questions over age: Judge people by 'what their record is'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.) slammed questions Thursday about whether he is too old to be president, saying the Democratic presidential candidates should be judged by their records. 

“If I were to say to a younger person, you’re not qualified because you’re 35, 36, something like that, you don’t have the experience, that’s not right, I don’t think so,” the 77-year-old senator said after the second night of the first Democratic primary debates. 

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“Judge people by the totality of who they are, what their ideas are, what their experience is, what their record is. That’s what I think we should do,” he said.

The comments come after age played a prominent role in the debate, with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHickenlooper ends presidential bid Scenes from Iowa State Fair: Surging Warren, Harris draw big crowds Nadler hits gas on impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) calling on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE, 76, to “pass the torch.” 

“I was 6 years old when a presidential candidate came to the California democratic convention and said it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was then-Sen. Joe Biden. Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago, he’s still right today,” Swalwell said.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-Colo.) voiced similar concerns, though said he wanted a new generation of leadership since politicians have been thus far unable to tackle issues like economic inequality. 

“Forty years of economic immobility in this country, and we haven’t figured out how to address it. I think it’s time for a new generation of leadership in the country, I agree with that,” Bennet said after the debate.

The two-dozen-strong primary field is hosting a diverse array of candidates, with a divide of 40 years between Sanders and 37-year-old South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' Biden, Sanders lead Trump in hypothetical match-ups: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE.