Chuck Todd: Questioning Hillary’s Age May Complicate GOP’s Reagan Worship

Ever since GOP strategist Karl Rove made Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s age and health part of the national dialogue, plenty have noted that such questions are legitimate for a would-be president. Fair enough.

But as MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd observed on Wednesday morning, that type of scrutiny could make it tough for the GOP to keep its patron saint on a pedestal.

“If you’re going to go down this road and try to claim that she’s going to have some issues or health issues … then you may have to be throwing your own guy, Ronald Reagan, under the bus a little bit,” Todd said on “Morning Joe.”

Clinton would start her first term in the White House at the age of 69, the same age as Reagan when he took office.

Conservatives like Rove have defended the questions surrounding Clinton’s age with reminders that John McCain dealt with the same thing in 2008.

“This happens every presidential race,” Rove said Tuesday on Fox News.

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