Democratic front-runners defend their age during debate

Democratic front-runners defend their age during debate
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The three front-runners in the Democratic race for the White House defended their ages during Tuesday night's debate, with each one saying they would be able to take on the duties of the presidency.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE, who turns 77 next month, said his age is one of the reasons he decided to jump into the race because the country needs his wisdom and experience.

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He then announced he would release his medical records before the first primary in Iowa. 

"We need someone to take office this time around who on day one can stand on the world stage, command the respect of world leaders from Putin to our allies and know exactly what needs to be done to get our country back on track," he said, referring to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFormer US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' Overnight Defense: Ex-Ukraine ambassador offers dramatic day of testimony | Talks of 'crisis' at State Department | Trump tweets criticism of envoy during hearing | Dems warn against 'witness intimidation' | Trump defends his 'freedom of speech' Highly irregular: Rudy, the president, and a venture in Ukraine MORE.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (I-Vt.), who is 78 and suffered a heart attack weeks ago, vowed to mount an aggressive campaign and invited those watching the debate to attend an upcoming rally in Queens, N.Y.

"We are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country," he said. "That is how I think I can reassure the American people."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (D-Mass.), 70, was asked what she'd say to primary voters who think a candidate under 70 years old would have a greater chance of beating Trump — who is 73.

"I will outwork, outorganize and outlast anyone, and that includes Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePublic impeachment hearings enter second week Trump attacks Pence aide who called Ukraine call 'inappropriate' Top Pence aide told lawmakers Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' in closed-door testimony MORE or whoever the Republicans get stuck with," she responded, referencing the vice president.

The front-runners have faced scrutiny over their ages, with Biden and Sanders in particular facing some questions.