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Opinion The presidency should be no office for old men (or women)

John Avlon: Americans are not excited about prospect of a 2024 presidential election rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Avlon says a constitutional amendment would bar second-term bids by both Biden, 79, and Trump, 76, forcing the country to pass torch to a new generation. He says such an amendment would be the most direct route to eliminating the danger of another Trump presidency, far simpler and more certain than trying to disqualify him via the House Jan. 6 committee’s revelations or an indictment. The simple scientific fact is that, on average, human physical and mental capabilities diminish as we age, Avlon writes. In a recent YouGov poll, 58 percent of Americans favor an upper age limit on office-holding generally.

The Constitution set a minimum age of 35 for the presidency, and 30 for the Senate and House respectively. Julian Zelizer: The framers enshrined the idea that public office should be reserved for mature members of community. He says the 75-year rule would “de-risk” the office and, by extension, the political system as a whole. It would render invocation of the 25th Amendment less