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Sanders calls Haley’s proposal for age-based competency tests ‘absurd’

Bernie Sanders speaks at an Amazon Labor Union rally on April 24, 2022, in New York City.

Sen. Bernie Sanders called presidential hopeful Nikki Haley’s suggestion of an age-based competency test for politicians “absurd,” speaking Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“We are fighting racism, we’re fighting sexism, we’re fighting homophobia — I think we should also be fighting ageism,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said to host Margaret Brennan.

Instead, politicians should be judged for their beliefs, the 81-year-old said.

“There are a lot of 40-year-olds out there who ain’t particularly competent,” Sanders said. “Older people, you know, you look at the individual. I don’t think you make a blanket statement.”

Haley, the 51-year-old former governor of South Carolina, announced her bid for the Republican nomination for president last week. In her announcement speech, calling for “a new generation,” she expressed support for a policy mandating mental competency tests for politicians older than 75.

Former President Donald Trump, 76, has announced a run for re-election, and a host of other Republicans have also hinted at possible campaigns. President Joe Biden, 80, is also expected to run again.


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