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Should there be an age limit for presidents?

The Constitution famously requires the presidents to be at least 35 years old, but do we need an age limit as well? At age 70, Donald Trump is the oldest president in American history, and the job is exponentially larger than it was when the founders first devised it—so much so that many historians think it's too much responsibility for one person. But others say an age limit would be prejudicial; age brings wisdom, and youth doesn't guarantee health or vitality. What do you think?

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Ronald Reagan, who died of Alzheimer's, is someone who is often invoked when people argue for presidential age limits. His son said he observed the signs of the disease in his father as early as 1984. Lesley Stahl had an interaction with him in 1986 where his apparent dementia left her "too astonished to move." For the good of the country, and of the world, we need to know if the Commander-in-Chief is at his or her full mental capacity at all times. 

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Others argue age is nothing but a number. Decades of experience—whether in diplomacy, the law, or politics—are invaluable. An age cap would be ageist, and cause us to lose out on presidential candidates with invaluable life experience.

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President Trump's recent baffling interviews have left some wondering if he is suffering from some age-related decline.

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But remember: America's most popular politician is 75 years old. Very few of his constituents would want him to skip out on the race in 2020 because of age.

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