(Breitbart) – Former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, is now the youngest male candidate in the Democrats’ presidential primary after former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race Sunday.
As of last week, Buttigieg, 38, was the field’s youngest candidate. He would have been 39 years and one day old upon taking up the White House had he won the general election. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the presumed frontrunner, is the oldest at 78 years old, followed by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is only eight months younger than the Vermont senator. Sanders will be 79 if he wins the White House.
At 73 years old, President Donald Trump is younger than Biden by four years. On Inauguration Day, the president became the oldest to assume office at 70 years and 220 days. John F. Kennedy was the youngest elected president at 43 years and 236 days.
In contrast, the field’s woman candidates are all younger than Biden. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is the youngest at 38, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is 59 years old. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the oldest at 70 years old. She would be 71 years and 212 days old if inaugurated after a successful campaign.
Flashback: Joe Biden Slips Into Southern Accent After Declaring South Carolina Victory
Former Vice President Joe Biden slipped into using a Southern accent while addressing supporters after a resounding win in the South Carolina primary.
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— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 1, 2020
Biden, who on Saturday won his first nominating contest despite having run for the presidency twice before, was all smiles at his victory party. Some on social media, however, noticed that the former vice president seemed to take on a Southern accent while speaking.
“If Democrats nominate me,” the 77-year-old Biden said midway through in his regular voice, before switching into an affected southern accent, “I believe, we can beat Donald Trump.”
The bizarre moment comes after a week of pronounced Biden gaffes while campaigning throughout South Carolina. First, Biden told an uncorroborated story about having been arrested while attempting to visit Nelson Mandela in a South African prison sometime in the late-1970s. The story, which vexed both allies and critics, was quickly walked back, but not before generating headlines.
Then, the former vice president told a crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, that he was a candidate running for the United States Senate, rather than the White House.
“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden,” the 77-year-old said.
That gaffe was followed by a promise Biden made only days later to appoint the first African-American woman to the Senate if elected in 2020. Biden made the gaffe in part of his stump speech, where he usually discusses his pledge to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court.