US election 2020: Biden to be a one-term president, but is there a presidential age limit?

The US election 2020 will take place on November 3 deciding who will remain in the White House for the next four years. The Republican President is being challenged by Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden who is best known as former president Barack Obama’s vice president. Mr Biden has not yet won the presidency but it seems he has already spoken about leaving.

The 77-year-old sought to appease concerns about his age by stating he would not seek reelection if his mental or physical health declined.

The Democratic candidate described himself as a “transition candidate” acting as a bridge to a younger generation of leadership.

But Mr Biden has not explicitly ruled himself out as a two-term candidate, especially as doing so could turn him into a lame duck and sap all of his political capital.

However, many political commentators believe he is unlikely to run for a second term.

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One adviser to Mr Biden’s campaign said the Democrat would not seek reelection for a second term.

The adviser told Politico: “If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82-years-old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”

The adviser added public acknowledgement of that reality could help Biden mollify younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.

Mr Biden’s choice of running mate has also been hailed as a move to help pass her the baton and get her into the Oval Office.

The median age upon accession to the presidency is currently 55 years and three months, the exact age of Lyndon B Johnson at the time of his first inauguration.

The youngest person to assume the presidency was Theodore Roosevelt who was 42 years and 322 days old when he succeeded to the office after the assassination of William McKinley.

John F Kennedy was the youngest person to become president by-election at 43 years and 236 days old at the time of his inauguration.

The oldest living president is Jimmy Carter who is currency 95-years-old.

The latest polls reveal Mr Trump is still less favourable as the winner of the US election in November, but he is gaining ground in terms of his approval levels.

According to a recent YouGov poll conducted from August 17 to 19, 43 percent of 801 people polled approve of the current US leader, compared to a Morning Consult poll conducted from July 6 to 10 which saw 39 percent approve of him as a leader.

In terms of the upcoming election, a recent YouGov poll of 1,246 people found 50 percent would vote for Mr Biden, compared to 40 percent for Mr Trump.

The same poll, conducted from August 16 to 18 found 49 percent of recipients back the Democratic Party, as opposed to 38 percent of support for the Republican party.