Biden v. Trump: A race for the White House with actuarial tables in the background


Joe Biden’s formal entrance into the presidential campaign this week will put to test the question of whether or not this is a country for old men.

The president, at 80 years old, is already the oldest president in United States history. And his decision to seek another term in office sets up a possible general election rematch with Donald Trump, who is set to turn 77 in two months.

For a country that likes to pride itself on its youthful vitality, it now is more likely than not that come November 2024, voters will be left to choose between two men who would be octogenarians while in the nation’s highest office.