Retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is not too thrilled about the upcoming class of Democrats who could challenge President-elect Donald Trump in 2020. In fact, he thinks they're pretty old.
The 77-year-old lawmaker said earlier this month that the 2020 Democratic class is shaping up to be an "old folks' home" when an aide asked him if he would support a presidential bid by outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, according to New York Magazine.
Reid made his case by noting the ages of several prominent Democrats who have been floated as likely challengers to the incoming Republican president.
"It depends on who’s running," he said of whether or not he'd support Biden. "It appears we’re going to have an old-folks' home. We’ve got [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie [Sanders] will be 79."
Reid, looking older than his age because of an accident on New Year's Day 2015, when an elastic band he was using at his Las Vegas home snapped, sending him backwards into cabinets, breaking bones in his face and leaving him permanently blind in one eye, is stepping down from his post in the Senate because of his ailing health.
Biden, not far behind Reid at 74 years old, joked in early December about running for the White House in 2020, telling reporters he's "not committing not to run."
#bidenwatchbegins? Also, best part of this exchange: "(pause for about 4 seconds)" (via @KellyO) https://t.co/mJTOFheQtk— Hallie Jackson (@Hallie Jackson) 1480982325.0
Sanders, for his part, has chastised reporters for asking if he plans to launch a 2020 bid, though he has lambasted 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for not appealing to white, working-class voters, whom he represents in Vermont.
In November, he said he was "deeply humiliated" Democrats could not connect with working-class Americans, adding, "There needs to be a profound change in the way the Democratic Party does business. It is not good enough to have a liberal elite."