The geezer fac­tor

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

While his ri­vals duke it out, some ad­vise Sen. John McCain to mull over cam­paign strate­gies. This is No. 5 of seven tac­tics rec­om­mended by Time mag­a­zine on May 12:

“Use A Vice Pres­i­dent to Tem­per The Age Is­sue: McCain’s cam­paign is re­signed to the fact that latenight comics are foam­ing at the prospect of six more months worth of old man McCain jokes. And polls show that the Repub­li­can’s age — he will be 72 by Elec­tion Day — could have an im­pact at the bal­lot box. But both McCain and his ad­vis­ers have been point­ing to a prospect they hope will neu­tral­ize the is­sue: a rel­a­tively youth­ful vice pres­i­dent, who might les­son the fear of, gulp, McCain’s death in of­fice. [. . .] Cam­paign ad­viser Char­lie Black elab­o­rated on the as­sumed power of a solid vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Back in 1980, Black re­counted, Ron­ald Rea­gan was run­ning for pres­i­dent as an older man at 69. ‘The day he picked Ge­orge Bush to be vice pres­i­dent, the age is­sue pretty much went away,’ Black re­called.’ ”

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