‘Anxious for a generational shift’

Political strategists Palmieri, Rove believe Americans seek change.

CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Jason Stverak (left) hosts a conversation with political strategists Jennifer Palmieri (middle) and Karl Rove on Wednesday at CUNA GAC in Washington, D.C. (Photo by EPNAC.com)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the 45th and 46th U.S. presidents, respectively. They’re also the only presidents to be at least 70 years old on their inauguration days.

If they run against each other again in 2024, when Trump turns 78 and Biden turns 82, whoever wins that race would be the oldest U.S. president at inauguration. However, as baby boomers continue to age, there eventually will be an inflection point as a younger generation takes over the Oval Office.

“The country is anxious for a generational shift,” says Karl Rove, who joined fellow political strategist and author Jennifer Palmieri on the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference stage Wednesday for a discussion on the top issues impacting Washington, D.C. “We’re in a moment where the American people have had it. They’re going to want something better, and they’re going to get it.”

Whether they get it in 2024 or later is yet to be decided. But Palmieri, a Democrat who was White House deputy press secretary for President Clinton, White House communications director for President Obama, and head of communications for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, agrees America is in a major fluctuation point as some people question the political process and lose faith in elections.


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