Hillary, other Democrat hopefuls plagued by thin resumes
The 2008 Democratic presidential race was off and running as soon as last month’s midterm elections concluded, with front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton facing more opposition than she may have expected at this point in the two-year campaign cycle.
The New York senator and former first lady, who easily won a second term on Nov. 7, is the leading choice of her party in all the polls. But more than half a dozen other candidates are likely to challenge her expected bid for the nomination, including Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the party’s 2004 nominee; Mr. Kerry’s running mate, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina; and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrats’ hottest political figure, who
about $73 billion if similar healthy trends continue, the study found.
“This continuing decline in disability among older people is one of the most encouraging and important trends of the aging population,” NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes said.
The findings were based on an analysis of the National Long- Term Care Survey, a periodic federal study of about 20,000 people enrolled in Medicare.
Although the initial news is good, NIA is adapting some simple but strategic new footing to counter the reality of a burgeoning senior population: There will be 72 million people older than 65 by the year 2030, or one out of every five Americans.
“The challenge now is to see how this trend can be maintained and accelerated, especially in the face of increasing obesity. Doing so over the next several decades will significantly lessen the societal impact of the aging baby boom generation,” said Richard Sulzman, director of NIA’s Behavioral Research Program.
It’s a heavy concern: 65 percent of the adult population is considered overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NIA continues to track the demographics, and its findings are followed closely by marketing groups and researchers seeking insight on active mature people. An NIA analysis released earlier this year found that in the past four decades, the proportion of people 65 and older who lived below the poverty line decreased from 35 percent to 10 percent. By 2020, people 55 and older are expected to make up more than 20 percent of the labor force.
California, Florida, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey continue to be age-heavy states, each with more than 1 million residents 65 and older.
The NIA also estimates that by 2030, 72 percent of older Americans will be non-Hispanic white, 11 percent Hispanic, 10 percent black and 5 percent Asian.
Among the findings that surely will resonate with future political advisers: “Older people consistently vote in higher proportions than other age groups.” In the 2004 presidential election, the voter turnout rate among the 55-to-74 set was 72 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sen. Hillary Clinton