Tuesday marks the first time during the 2020 election cycle that both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in the same state – Iowa – on the same day.
As the two make their cases to Iowans, there’s “renewed attention on whether a septuagenarian candidate can persuade skeptical 2020 voters that he or she can demonstrate the vigor and vision needed to lead the nation,” USA Today reported.
According to a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll published Saturday, “forty-six percent of voters planning to attend Iowa’s Democratic caucuses said it would be a disadvantage for a candidate to be older than 70, while 50% say it would make no difference.”
Biden in particular may have a hard time convincing Democrats, as they have multiple other younger candidate options, several of which have inadvertently or directly critiqued his old age. According to USA Today, some Iowa Democrats “said they have already concluded it’s time to move on from the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers, and hand the baton to younger candidates.”