The United States law prohibits any person under the age of 35 to be eligible to run for president.
But a candidate only a decade older than the minimum requirement is sparking concern in some voters.
“The idea that age brings wisdom and maturity is what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they spelled it out in the Constitution,” reported USA Today.
Rubio will be 45 in May, putting him just 10 years above the required age. Although Rubio meets the age requirements to run for president, he is one of the youngest candidates in the race.
Even though Rubio’s age sparked controversy, if he were elected he would not be the youngest president. Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in at only 42 years old. John F. Kennedy was the second youngest president and was elected at 43 years old.
Citizens oftentimes consider a candidate’s age when deciding for whom to vote.
Some people are concerned Rubio’s age may negatively impact his role as president because he is not old enough to have the experience or wisdom a leader needs to run a country, while others see Rubio’s age as a positive aspect because they think he will be able to better relate with the people and be more open for change.
“I think age is less of a factor in comparison to experience,” said Lacey Pagel, a registered Republican.
A study conducted by The Quantitative Peace posted by Ben Farrer in 2014 showed citizens who want to see change in the country tend to vote for a younger candidate. The study also indicated that voters who want to see continuity within the country tend to vote for an older candidate.
“I don’t think age matters, unless they’re really old like Bernie Sanders,” said Shirlee Kapella, owner and CEO of Kapella Tax Service Inc.
Rubio expressed his youthfulness allows him to be in touch with the modern world. Thus, making him more aware of the wants and needs of this generation.
“The time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership into this country,” Rubio said.
Many citizens think there needs to be dramatic change in the White House, and Rubio might be the solution.
Other citizens think Rubio’s conservative values may prevent him from being open to changes the people want to see happen in America.
It seems Rubio’s talk about being “in touch” may have had an impact on Iowan voters. During the Iowa Caucuses, Rubio impressed his opponents by ranking in third place with 23 percent. This was only 1 percent below Donald Trump.
Though Rubio had impressive scores in Iowa, it seemed the people of New Hampshire may have a different opinion. Rubio came in third place in the New Hampshire primaries, with only 10 percent.
Rubio hopes to regain his voters as he prepares for Super Tuesday March 1.