The 2016 presidential race is still more than three years away, but already pollsters are predicting who is most likely to emerge from the party primaries. Larry Sabato, the head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, has fired up his “Crystal Ball Team” to get the campaign season started.
Finding that aging Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton top the list of first- and second-tier Democratic frontrunners, Sabato called them the “Geritol generation. What’s worse, he said, is that his young staff laughed at the “fossils,” according to the Washington Examiner.
On Election Day, Biden will be 73. Clinton will be 69, the same age as former President Ronald Reagan, the oldest candidate to win the White House.
According to the Sabato team’s most recent presidential ranking, no other Democrat comes close to the two senior politicians.
On the other hand, most of the Republican frontrunners are considered “baby boomers” and include at least three candidates in the top tier, and another three in the second tier.
Sabato told the Washington Examiner that despite their ages, the Democratic front-runners shouldn’t be laughed off:
“Don’t underestimate Joe Biden — Biden has more loyalists than you’d think, and quite a few true believers about a third presidential bid. Sure, Biden was an asterisk in the 1988 and 2008 cycles, when he ran for the White House the first two times. But he’s gotten a big job promotion since, with a jumbo jet and dozens of staffers, and the same indefatigable spirit. President Obama isn’t going to diss Biden by endorsing Hillary if they both run, so Obama’s troops may be more divided in ’16 than they look now. The Geritol generation may be well represented at the next Iowa caucus, with Biden at 73 and Hillary at 68. The young Crystal Ball staffers laugh at the ‘fossils,’ but they give the senior guy at the Ball some hope that it isn’t all downhill after 65.”
Not taking anything for granted, the Republican National Committee has released a video calling attention to Biden’s potential 2016 presidential run, questioning whether America “can afford another four years of the Obama/Biden economy.”
Watch the video from the RNC here: