The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hopeful Mitt Rom­ney turns 65 on Mon­day. Fre­quently at­tired in jeans and shirt­sleeves, Mr. Rom­ney is not em­brac­ing geezer­hood, though he has 16 grand­chil­dren. Rep. Ron Paul, mean­while, is 76 and has 18 grand­chil­dren plus four great-grand­chil­dren. He, too, re­jects geezer any­thing, and would rather be ped­al­ing a Can­non­dale bike, with the wheez­ing press in his dust. Rick San­to­rum, 53, has no grand­chil­dren, and a 3-year-old. Enough said. Newt Gin­grich, 68, has two grand­chil­dren, but cul­ti­vates the dy­namic states­man look with per­fectly tai­lored suits.

“Of course these guys are em­pha­siz­ing their vi­tal­ity. Duh. Their chief ri­val is only 50. But as ev­ery mar­keter will now tell you, 70 is the new 50, which makes Rom­ney only 45,” ob­serves one GOP strate­gist. depart­ment.

“In­di­vid­ual ra­dio lis­ten­ers may com­plain to the FCC that Lim­baugh’s ra­dio sta­tion (and those syn­di­cat­ing his show) are not act­ing in the public in­ter­est or serv­ing their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties of li­cense by per­mit­ting such de­hu­man­iz­ing speech.” Suarez of PBS and Ralph Z. Hal­low of The Times. The in­ti­mate au­di­ence would only num­ber 120. The can­di­dates have been asked to avoid pot­shots and con­cen­trate on in-depth dis­cus­sion.

Is the de­bate a go? Or­ga­niz­ers, who have yet to re­veal if the four GOP hope­fuls have ac­cepted their in­vi­ta­tions, are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic.

A $100,000 bronze statue of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass has been barred from the Na­tional Stat­u­ary Hall in the U.S. Capi­tol be­cause it was pre­sented as a gift from the Dis­trict and not from a state.

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