Why Do You Have To Be 35 To Be A President

When do you have to be 35 by to run for president?

Article 2, Section 1 of the US Constitution says:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Age 35 is eligibility to the office, not the candidacy, so yes, you can run for President in any election year, so long as you will be 35 by the day of your inauguration.

How old do you have to be president?

You must be 35 years of age, a natural born citizen, and a permanent resident of the USA for at least 14 years. So no, if you were born in another country, you cannot become an American President.

Why do you have to be 35 to be a president?

With age comes experience. It's a frightful idea to have a man in office who has not experienced the stress and life lessons that comes with simply: Living.

The Governmental and political process of even rising up to be president takes many years, also getting your name out there means something. A lot of it is building a profile with the ruling heads, and the civilians that may or may not support you.

Since 35 is the minimum of age to be a president in the US, could someone run for office at 34 if their birthday is before they’d be elected? Would a young president be more popular than older ones?

Someone could absolutely run for President if their birthday would be before the election. They could even run for President if they’d still be 34 after the election, but turn 35 before the inauguration. As long as the person will be 35 when they take office, there is nothing stopping them from running (at least per the Constitution and federal law, state ballot laws may have something to say about the matter, especially if we get into extreme possible cases like I’m about to).To take it further, if someone wouldn’t turn 35 until a month after the date of the inauguration, they could STILL be elected President per the Constitution. The only thing is that from the date of the inauguration until the person turned 35, the VP would have to serve as President. This could even be taken to the extreme, and a person could be elected President if they wouldn’t turn 35 until their last day in office. What would happen is that the VP would serve the entire term as President until that last day, then the President-elect would take office and serve the last day. Nothing Constitutionally prevents this, but we do eventually reach a point (between where someone would turn 35 shortly after an election and where someone would turn 35 right before the end of a term) where we aren’t going to elect someone that would clearly be too young and not get to serve a whole term, and wouldn’t elect them.Two of the youngest Presidents we’ve had (Kennedy and Obama, both elected in their 40s) were popular… Kennedy somewhat among the general population, Obama among his base (which was a around half/a bit over half of the population). But that was based on their personalities and politics more than their age. The fact we rarely elect people younger than 50 or 60 would indicate that a younger person wouldn’t necessarily be more popular (or more accurately that age isn’t the primary determining factor), but that someone’s personality and political stances is more important than how old they are. And in many cases, President being one, there is something to be said for how much political and/or life experience a candidate has.

Will there ever be a 35 year old president?

Theoretically it's possible. But the life expectancy back in the 18th century was far less than what it is today (mid-50's verses mid 80's for today). A 35 year old man in the late 1700's was a man with a LOT of life experience under his belt. In general, today's 35 year old men have less experience and wisdom than do their 50+ year-old counterparts. Many are still trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do in life. Granted, those who are in politics tend to start at a young age. But still, all things being equal, I'd rather vote in an older person simply because they have more life experience and (hopefully) more wisdom. In my opinion, I doubt we'll ever see a U.S. president that young.

Just my 2 cents. : )

At what point do you have to have turned 35 to run for President? Is there a certain cutoff date on the calendar?

Someone quite a bit younger than 35 could run for president.It’s true that a president-elect must be 35 in order to be inaugurated, but that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t be elected. It simply means that the vice president-elect would act as president until the president-elect turned 35. This is from section 3 of the 20th amendment to the Constitution: “if the President elect shall have failed to qualify [at the time fixed for the beginning of his term], then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified.”A person could be elected president in 2020—and eventually take office—if he will turn 35 by January 20, 2025 (the inauguration day for the president who is elected in 2024).Even without constitutional authority, there’s precedent for this procedure in the U.S. Senate. Senators must be at least 30, but Rush Holt Sr. of West Virginia was just 29 when the 74th Congress commenced the January after he was elected. So he waited until he turned 30 in June to be seated. (In the 19th century, folks were less particular about these requirements, and a handful of members of Congress were seated before attaining the age limit, Henry Clay and William R. King being the most notable examples.)