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Ron Paul: Is He Too Old?

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HANK TREWHITT (BALTIMORE SUN): You already are the oldest President in history, and some of your staff say you were tired after your most recent encounter with Mr. Mondale. I recall, yes, that President Kennedy, who had to go for days on end with very little sleep during the Cuba missile crisis. Is there any doubt in your mind that you would be able to function in such circumstances? RONALD REAGAN: Not at all, Mr. Trewhitt and I want you to know that also, I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE FROM AUDIENCE) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) NELSON MANDELA: Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and Friends. Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world,. confer glory and hope to newborn liberty Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. REPORTER: Paul says another non-issue is his age. The seventy-five year old says it's not relevant to his ability to run the nation and he says he's in great shape. RON PAUL: I've offered to ride a bicycle for 20 miles in Houston when the temperature is 100 and the humidity is 100, and I'll go 20 miles with them and we'll decide who is the youngest. JUDY WOODRUFF: Congressman, you look healthy. You certainly keep up a vigorous schedule. You would be 77 years old if you were elected president upon taking office, which is quite a bit older than the oldest president upon taking office, Ronald Reagan. Is age at all a factor for you in this campaign? RON PAUL: I think it is. I think age is very important, and sometimes I meet people when they're 45, and they're very old. And I think it's the age of the ideas a person's presenting, and is that person able to present these ideas? Freedom is a young idea. It's only been tested for a couple hundred years. And we had a taste of it, and we're throwing it away. But what I see others are doing, the others, especially - and many of the other candidates, they have old ideas. It's totalitarian, it's the control of government, governments policing the world, militarism, telling people how to run their lives, running the economy, telling people what they can put in their mouths and whether or not they can even drink raw milk. It's just - it's just absolutely out of control. But the idea that individuals are free, that they have a natural right to their life and the liberty, they ought to be able to keep the fruits of their labor, that is a young idea. So I would say, people ought to go with a young idea and somebody that can express them. And interestingly enough, it's the young people that fully endorse my campaign. JACK BURKMAN: Ron Paul could really be the sleeper in this. I think his support... As a political strategist, I have to tell you that his support is deeper than I've seen or heard in decades. Decades. And it's almost like, uhh, on the Democratic side, someone like, uhh, Bobby Kennedy or someone like that, although his political views were different. I would analyze it to that, where you have people that are so incredibly passionate about their candidate. RON PAUL (VOICEOVER): The Constitution was written very precisely to restrain the power and force of government, and to protect the liberties of each and every one of us. (CROWD CHANTING): Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul! (CROWD CHANTING): RON PAUL! RON PAUL! RON PAUL! (CROWD CHANTING): END THE FED! END THE FED! END THE FED! (CROWD CHANTING): RON PAUL! RON PAUL! RON PAUL! NELSON MANDELA: Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another Let freedom reign! (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) RON PAUL: And believe me, the ideas and the principles of liberty are alive and well in the next generation and there's reason to be optimistic about it! (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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Duration: 8 minutes and 17 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: KramerDSP
Director: KramerDSP
Views: 147
Posted by: kramerdsp on Oct 23, 2011

This video asks the question of whether Ron Paul is too old to serve as President of the United States.

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