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With his veep choice, Biden must face the odds

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The 2016 election, with nominees age 70 and 69, elevated the actuarial odds of a vice president succeeding to the presidency to the highest level in history. This year, the R and D nominees turn 74 and 78, and the actuarial odds are accordingly grimmer.Joe Biden, who has abundant experience (36 years in the Senate and eight as vice president) and is said to be wary of an ambitious vice president, may be tempted to name someone with little or no experience. Balancing the ticket that way wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it might be unnerving to voters with a sense of the actuarial odds.