News flash: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are old.
So Mr. Alberta asked them if they are too old to be president?
Mr. Sanders went first. He tried steering the question back to his broader push to redistribute political and economic power from the rich to the poor.
“The issue is where power resides in America, and it’s not white or black or male or female. We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy, where you have millionaires buying elections and politicians, ”Mr. Sanders said.
“The issue is not old or young, male or female. The issue is working people standing up, taking on the billionaire class and creating a government and economy that works for all, not just the 1 percent. ”
Mr. Alberta’s question was based on a recent quote from President Barack Obama that there would be a “significant improvement on just about everything” if there were more women in charge and that “usually old men” don’t get out of the way. Mr. Alberta said that he imagined the former president did not clear that line with the Biden campaign.
“I’m gonna guess he wasn’t talking about me either,” Mr. Biden smiled.
Ms. Warren was asked about her age and the fact that she would be the oldest president ever inaugurated.
“I’d also be the youngest woman ever inaugurated, ”she quipped.
Candidates talk China, with little clashing.
The Democrats broadly agreed on the need for a renewed assertion of America internationally, in particular in its relationship with China, but disagreed little on specifics as they touted the importance of free speech.
“The reality is there are a lot more to the relationship with China than who is selling more dishwashers,” Mr. Buttigieg said. “Yes, we need a much stronger trade policy. Also, we have to acknowledge what’s going on over there. The use of technology or the perfection of dictatorship, that will require a stronger than ever response from the U.S. in defense of democracy. ”
Mr. Yang noted that he has family in Hong Kong and worried about the use of artificial intelligence to identify protesters there.