When Joe Biden, 77, declared his candidacy for president back in April, questions about his age began circulating. Democrats were asking if his age would give Republicans an advantage. Now, with the recent news that independent candidate Dean Phillips, 80, plans to challenge Biden in the presidential election, the questions have become even louder. Is 80 too old to run for president? The short answer is no. There is no age limit to run for president. However, even though age isn’t a disqualifier, it can still be a factor in the way a candidate is perceived by the public. Phillips, a millionaire businessman, has been a public advocate for age equity and has argued that older people should be given a chance to prove themselves. He and his supporters are hopeful that his candidacy will shed light on the value of experience and wisdom that come with age. Phillips has been vocal in his criticism of Biden for not doing enough to address issues affecting older Americans. He has also offered policy proposals such as increasing Social Security payments for seniors, and expanding the Medicare program. These policies could appeal to older voters, but the question is whether they will be enough to vault him to the front of the pack. Phillips’ top challenge will be to show that he has more to offer than his age. He’ll need to convince voters and the Democratic Party that he is more than just an older face in the race. He’ll need to demonstrate that he has the credentials and perspectives to be a serious contender in this election. Only time will tell if Phillips’ bid will be successful or not. But ultimately, his challenge to Biden has brought to light some important conversations about age and the role of older people in society. By showing that experience and insight come with age, Phillips may have just started a trend that could shape the future of American politics.