Should there be a new age restriction for president candidates?

If you didn't know there is an age striction in the USA for the candidates who want to run for president it's 35+ but is it necessarily the best age?

I've once been told age comes with maturity, but is that always true see a younger person knows more about ways to help solve present day problems as this is there time. Whereas an older candidate may not have the same understanding of the "new ways".

Reasons why being a younger president could help:

  • they would be able to give fresh new ideas when it comes to changing things;
  • there wouldn't be as much of a chance of them passing in the middle of being president;
  • they would be able to gain a good amout of money for future family members or anything else.

Reasons why to be president you have to be 35+ should stay:

  • younger people wouldn't have as much experience;
  • they could make some stupid mistakes;
  • they wouldn't of had enough time to make a name for themselves before running.

I'm personally quite mixed, as younger candidates would in my opinion would bring better and more present ideas, they could also be to young or mature enough to always put the country first. Whereas on the older side of things, if you are to mature you would know what's deffinetly right and wouldn't adventure as much with decisions, but saying that if you were older you would have a lot more experience which would help you know what would help their country. So it is really hard to find the balance.

I look forward to reading all your comments and hope to read some clearer opinions to help me decide what I think would be better.

inspired_world xx

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  • Hammond School logo enterprising_night | Hammond Junior School A
    08 Sep 2020

    Hi this post is very good and I have never thought about it I do agree with you about people being younger and being able to become President but if they are young they might not have had the training and like you said experience but what would the age limit be if you had to decide? Also do you think that Biden would be a good president even though he is 77? From your post I have been thinking about it and it as actually really interesting!

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    1. Hammond School logo inspired_world | Hammond Junior School C
      enterprising_night's comment 08 Sep 2020

      Thank you enterprising_night x I'm still trying to decide in my head what I think, but I am sort of being drawn to that it's okay as Biden has had the role of Vice-president before hand and was capable of that still at quite an old age. :))

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      1. Hammond School logo exuberant_queen | Hammond Junior School C
        inspired_world's comment 10 Sep 2020

        Very interesting post I think it is a very important question and I think that there should be age restrictions. I think that they should be 30 - 60 because what if the currant president just died they country would have no person to control everything for a bit and it would be very bad for the country

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    08 Sep 2020

    Thank you inspired world. I agree with you on the first bit, but on the second part, anyone can make mistakes, and it doesn't mean that they have less experience.

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    1. Hammond School logo inspired_world | Hammond Junior School C
      protective_dusk's comment 08 Sep 2020

      I agree protective_dusk that if someone makes a mistake it doesn't mean they have less experience, but if say you had to place a bet on who you think might make some sort of mistake would you pick a 30-80 year old or a 15-29 year old?

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      1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
        inspired_world's comment 09 Sep 2020

        Those are interesting age ranges inspired_world! Do you think there would be a big difference between a 29 and a 30 year old?

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  • Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
    08 Sep 2020

    As you said, being an older citizen could make someone a better president because they would have experience with the economy. Wether it's from friends, family or they're own experiences. But it does have its down side. As you get older you become more fragile which does mean that he / she would get hurt easier and if the president had a serious ingury of such age, there could be another election. Also when you are older you may or may not remember about any struggles that you (or you're friend ) were younger therefore a younger president would be better in a situation like this as they could remember and potentially fix the problem.

    I really enjoyed reading this post inspired_world it was very well written well done☺️
    Thank you for reading

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      poetic_passionfruit's comment 09 Sep 2020

      Hi poetic_passionfruit! You make some interesting points there. Actually, if a president is unable to be president anymore (because they are injured or for some other reason), then their Vice President would take over. There would not be another election until the 4 year term was up. Does this change your mind about anything?

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      1. Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 09 Sep 2020

        This does change my opinion slightly, yes. This was the only reasonable evedince that I had to prove that a younger president is more efficient than an older president. It still wouldn't be that practical if the Vice President had to take over. It COULD change how people then vote in the future as they may think that the injury could be repeated. Thanks for bringing this up it really made me think.

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  • heidi.jpg EXPERT: Heidi Moorhouse Data & Analytics Manager Consultant @ KPMG
    08 Sep 2020

    Hello inspired_world, your point of view is very interesting and does supports the principle to set a minimum age to run for the presidency. I agree that people from different generations can address the same situation in different ways however the presidency is not a job that can be done by a person alone.... here is where diversity and inclusion provides the opportunity to anyone to work with people from all backgrounds so they are able to understand them better... do you think that this approach through collaboration and encouraging a diverse working team to come together could help address the perceived experience gaps of the older generations? and if this is the case, then perhaps being 70+ is not a disadvantage but perhaps not recognising the opportunities to listen and work with others is.

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  • Hammond School logo strong_tuba | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I agree with both ages because if they were younger than 35 then they might make stupid decisions like you said but if where -35 they would maybe have a fresher brain (knowledge) and live a longer life.

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  • Hammond School logo shining_queen | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    You are right, but have you thought about having an age limit for how 'old' you can be?

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    1. Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
      shining_queen's comment 10 Sep 2020

      I agree if you are more than 70 perhaps maybe your brain will start to resist to work on what you want. I'm not very sure but this is a guess.

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  • Hammond School logo humorous_language | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I think that they should change the age limit to 20 and thay should have a old age limit to 75

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_beaver | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I think it should be 30 to 70 because if youre 18 or 20 you woulnt have much political experience so it might not go well also, if you are over 70 you might not have the best ideas.

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  • Hammond School logo resourceful_lime | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I agree with this post it could be good to have a young president but it could be equally good to have a older president because they could have more experience and more knowledge on the laws however a younger president could be more up to date with new technology to help improve things and the would be updated with more news and knowledge that's my opinion.

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  • Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I'd say that 22-69 for age restriction because of course you wouldn't choose a teenager a toddler or a child they don't have much life experience than adults and you don't want a president who never studied like they could be nice, respected and wise but if they didn't study for a job like that makes it most likely that they would know less about it than the people who got a degree and studied most on that subject.And you don't want a president older than 70 you don't know it they are too old to think straight and head to what the country needs or not. Also how will you know who's fit for the job? I don't mean to offend the older generation but you do not know how long they will stay in shape for the job.

    Thanks for reading,
    empathetic_brain

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  • Hammond School logo rational_penguin | Hammond Junior School D
    09 Sep 2020

    I honestly don't think there should be an age restriction but I do think there should be an age minimum like maybe 25 or something!!!

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  • Hammond School logo eager_chocolate | Hammond Junior School A
    09 Sep 2020

    My opinion would be that you at least need to be 20 or over because teenagers seem a bit young but over 20 seems pretty reasonable to me

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      eager_chocolate's comment 09 Sep 2020

      Can you give some reasons for this, eager_chocolate?

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      1. Hammond School logo eager_chocolate | Hammond Junior School A
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 10 Sep 2020

        Because teenagers haven't had enough time to be experienced but probably by the time you are 20 you probably would have enough experience

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    2. Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
      eager_chocolate's comment 10 Sep 2020

      I kind of agree If the the had a job like a politician or a lawyer before.

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    09 Sep 2020

    If they were about 30 they would be experienced and skilled with more expert training.

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    1. priscilla.jpg EXPERT: Priscilla Santhosham @ KPMG
      funny_meteor's comment 10 Sep 2020

      That's an interesting idea, funny_meteor. What do you mean by expert training? What experience do you think a nominee should have before running for presidential office?

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Sep 2020

    I kind of agree If they had a job like a politician or a lawyer before.

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  • Hammond School logo jolly_olive | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Sep 2020

    I think the age shouldn't matter as long as your over 18 and you have 5 years or over of experience in politics you should be able to run.

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  • Hammond School logo excited_banana | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    We need a younger generation vote for Trump

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  • Hammond School logo focused_lemon | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    I think there should be a new age restriction because what if they were very old and forgot lots of things and if they were to young they might not know how to run the country and might make some bad laws like if they were teenagers then they might say stuff like children at the age of 14 don't have to go to school and they might say that driving licences are allowed at 10.

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  • Hammond School logo polite_swan | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    Well I strongly agree that there schould be a age limit Because if there is not a limit they could say stuff that is completely wrong and could make very bad decisions

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  • Hammond School logo polite_swan | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    Well I strongly agree that there schould be a age limit Because if there is not a limit they could say stuff that is completely wrong and could make very bad decisions

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  • Hammond School logo jazzed_beaver | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    I think that the age limit should be 25+ maybe , because they would of finished quite a lot of things by then and they would of had a fair amount of experience. The only problem with that would be that sometimes older people are more mature so ,that might not be old enough. :(
    Although, in a way I don't think it matters what the age limit is because Trump is not very mature - even though he is quite old!

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    1. JH_pic.jpg EXPERT: Jonathan Hooker @ KPMG
      jazzed_beaver's comment 14 Sep 2020

      Hi jazzed_beaver, you have made a really interesting distinction between experience and maturity here. You say that President Trump is not very mature; how important do you think that is for a President, even if they have lots of experience? Do you think that maturity grows with experience or are they separate things?

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  • Hammond School logo strong_tuba | Hammond Junior School D
    10 Sep 2020

    I think it should be twenty to be able to be president because they would have some experience but also have a young mind. I also think there should be a age limit because if you are old you may forget things more often so I think the age limit should be 60 or 55

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    1. Hammond School logo inspired_world | Hammond Junior School C
      strong_tuba's comment 11 Sep 2020

      I agree with being around 20 to become president, but I'm going to have to disagree with being 55-60 and not being able to run as there have been many many occasions where a president around 70 has been great. But I respect your opinions and see your reasoning so I thank you x

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  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    10 Sep 2020

    Wow, this is a great post!

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  • Hammond School logo resilient_cymbals | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I like that you think of the age being a problem yes 35+ is actually quit young but young people with dreams might want to do it but when they older they might not be bothered but I do really like your reasoning :)

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  • Hammond School logo resilient_cymbals | Hammond Junior School A
    15 Sep 2020

    I like that you think of the age being a problem yes 35+ is actually quit young but young people with dreams might want to do it but when they older they might not be bothered but I do really like your reasoning :)

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  • Ditton Logo genius_idea | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    Yeah there should be atleast 30+ experience is key

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  • Ditton Logo genius_idea | Ditton Primary School A
    25 Sep 2020

    Yeah there should be atleast 30+ experience is key

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