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When Is Old Too Old?

Election 2008

When Is Old Too Old?

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If John McCain wins the presidential election, he will be 72 years old when he is sworn in next January, making him the oldest president in history. But does it matter?

Charles Blow, op-ed writer for The New York Times, Michael Dimock, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, and Dr. Leo Cooning, chief of the geriatrics section at Yale University School of Medicine, talk about age and the presidency and the potential implications of having an older president in the White House.

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