"I think, personally, this is a nail in his coffin," said
The health scare came on the heels of the campaign announcing it had raised more than
It marked the biggest single quarterly haul by any of the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, and it gave
The news also could have a negative spillover effect on
The former vice president's meandering style and fact-challenged tales on the campaign trail have voters wondering whether he has physical and mental reserves for the job to defeat
"What this does is it is telling you and telling the population and the voters that maybe there is an age bracket where you shouldn't be running,"
"I don't think voters put the age reference on a woman as much as they do a guy because the old adage is 'We don't ask a woman's age,'" he said.
It is common for voters to take age and health into account when sussing out
As for his mental stability,
In 1996, then-Senate Majority Leader
When asked about his age in a 1984 debate with Democrat
The debate over age and health has lingered just beneath the surface of the 2020 Democratic presidential race. The 30-, 40- and 50-somethings are calling for generational change and, in at least one instance, challenged the mental fortitude of their gray-haired rivals.
The contenders, though, wished
"Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted.
"I have talked to just about all the candidates and his energy outshines almost all of them, I think,"
That's exactly what
"None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!"
Another Sanders backer,
"I think age is just a number for him," he said. "His experience and will to fight for the American public will probably outlast all of us. He will be the next
"I hope there is an age limit," the 95-year-old said last month. "You know, if I were just 80 years old, if I were 15 years younger, I don't believe I could undertake the duties that I experienced when I was president."