At 69 Hillary Clinton is too old to be president in 2016 claim top Republicans
‘Electing Hillary would be like going back in time’ says top GOP aide
Mitt Romney’s top strategist Stuart Stevens has derided Clinton’s bid for the White House as a ‘step back in time’.
The Romney aide told reporters that: “Electing Hillary Rodham Clinton would be like going back in time. She’s been around since the ’70s.”
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told a conservative conference that the 2016 Democratic field was ‘a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls’.
And the report says that Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, seizing on the Fleetwood Mac song that became a Clinton family anthem, quipped to an audience in Washington, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.”
The paper says that while the 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Clinton’s age.
Hillary Clinton will be 69 by the next presidential election, a generation it says removed from most of the possible Republican candidates.
Republican strategist Karl Rove said: “Perhaps in the Democratic primary and certainly in the general election, there’s going to be an argument that the time for a change of leadership has come.
“The idea that we’re at the end of her generation and that it’s time for another to step forward is certainly going to be compelling.”
The paper says: “A yesterday-versus-tomorrow argument against a woman who could be the last major-party presidential nominee from the baby boom generation would be a historically rich turnabout.”
A Republican approach that calls attention to Clinton’s age is not without peril, and Democrats predict it could backfire.
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic minority leader and first female speaker, said: “They would go to that place at their own risk. Age is like art - it’s a matter of interpretation.”
Clinton has yet to confirm a 2016 run and has returned to the speaking circuit and plunged back into the public policy conversation.
The report says she has sought to effect a ‘with-it sensibility, not only creating a Twitter account but also using a picture of herself in dark sunglasses for an avatar and posting about taking selfies.
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