Younger Candidates Challenging Biden and Trump Are Emphasizing Their Athletic Ability

From a story on by Mike Allen headlined “Younger ’24 candidates tout vigor”:

From tennis to push-ups to running, candidates challenging former President Trump and President Biden are emphasizing their athletic ability.

Why it matters: The messaging from the challengers is that they’re young, energetic and in better physical — and perhaps mental — shape to do the job, Axios’ Sophia Cai reports.

Among Republicans, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, 37, has incorporated tennis into his campaign schedule, hosting “Tennis with Vivek” and posting videos of himself playing.

The super PAC backing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 44 — former captain of Yale’s baseball team — mailed out baseball cards featuring him at bat, and highlighting his stint in the Little League World Series. He sat for an interview with Fox News on his own hometown field in Dunedin, Fla.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), 57 — a high school football standout — blasted out a photo of himself sweaty, mid-workout on a treadmill, tossed a football with his campaign manager, and filmed selfie messages at the gym.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, 45, ran through the city throughout his announcement video.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, 56 — who’s mulling a presidential bid — has been on the basketball court with state lawmakers.

On the Democratic side, a video of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (D), 69, doing push-ups and incline presses shirtless and in skinny jeans went viral.

The last (and perhaps future) matchup: Biden, 80, bikes and uses a Peloton — working out at least five days a week.

Trump, 77, golfs.

Flashback: Former President Obama (now 61) was a huge basketball fan — and sank 3-pointers in business attire at opportune moments, including days before the 2020 election, in a Michigan gym while campaigning with Biden.

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