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 BidenLifting our voices — and votes Longtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick Biden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report 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.


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 PutinHere's why reporters are not asking the White House about 'Obamagate' Postponed Russian World War II victory parade now set for June America's post-COVID-19 foreign policy MORE.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton 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 WarrenLongtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Warren's VP bid faces obstacle: Her state's Republican governor 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 TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceGovernors shouldn't be exempt from the effects of their policies Pence names new press secretary GOP governors jockey to elbow out North Carolina as convention host 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.