Biden, Sanders, Warren Questioned on Age, Health and Heart Attacks at CNN Debate: How Do You Reassure Voters?


At one point during tonight’s CNN debate, Erin Burnett bluntly asked the top three Democratic candidates in the race about their age and health.

Starting with Bernie Sanders, Burnett said, “You’re 78 years old, and you just had a heart attack. How do you reassure Democratic voters that you’re up to the stress of the presidency?”

Sanders responded by plugging his upcoming rally in Queens (teasing a “special guest”) and said, “We are going to be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country. That is how I think I can reassure the American people.”

He also thanked everyone for their love and prayers after his recent heart attack.

Joe Biden was next, and Burnett brought up comments from Jimmy Carter remarking he couldn’t have taken up the duties of the presidency at 80.

“I know what the job is. I’ve been engaged,” Biden said, touting the wisdom that comes with age and experience.

Biden also said he would release his medical records “before Iowa.”

Finally, Burnett said to Elizabeth Warren, “Like Senator Sanders and Vice President Biden, if you win the presidency, you would be the oldest president ever inaugurated in a first term. You would be 71. 40% of Democratic primary voters say they think a candidate under the age of 70 is more likely to defeat President Trump. What do you say to them?”

“I say I will outwork, out-organize, and outlast anyone, and that includes Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or whoever the Republicans get stuck with,” Warren said.

“If all Democrats can promise is after Donald Trump, it will be business as usual, then we will lose,” she continued. “Democrats win when we call out what’s broken and we show how to fix it.”

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