Vivek Ramaswamy, a 37-year-old biotech entrepreneur turned Republican presidential candidate, is making headlines again — specifically for his take on the voting age.
Ramaswamy, who is quite young himself, believes the voting age should be increased to 25. That is, unless a citizen 18 or older is enrolled in the military, is a first responder, or can pass the same civics test given to immigrants seeking American citizenship.
The candidate believes that “there needs to be some civic experience you need to have gone through in order to actually vote” and “that experience could be living seven years as an adult and voting at age 25.”
Pat Gray doesn’t think this is the worst idea.
“I’ve said many times the voting age should be 35. So going from 18 to 25, it’s a good start,” Gray says enthusiastically.
“If you’re willing to serve the nation, then, you know, then you deserve to vote,” he adds.
Keith Malinak isn’t convinced.
“What if you’re a 911 dispatcher?” he asks.
“No, I think you’ve got to be a first responder, not a first phone answerer,” Gray says.
“If it was, you know, if you want to be an electrical engineer, then you can vote, then I would have a problem with that,” Gray says, adding that “it’s serving the country,” and “it shows some commitment.”
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