Joe Biden Age: How Old Is the Vice President?

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US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event to honor former Vice President Walter Mondale at George Washington University October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Biden remains at the center of rumors regarding a potential campaign for the U.S. presidency. (Getty)

Joe Biden, current Vice President to Barack Obama, is 72-years-old. The Scranton, Pennsylvania native, born on November 20, 1942, has a 73rd birthday right around the corner. Also approaching is his deadline to run for president.

Biden only has 8 days left to decide. Candidates have to submit a letter by October 29, though exceptions can be made, according to CNN.

If he decides to run, and is eventually elected, he will be the oldest president.

Ronald Reagan, who was 69 at the time of his inauguration, is the oldest to date. Reagan was actually 77-years-old when he left office and 93-years-old when he died.

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden stand on stage at the end of the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013. The event honors women leaders from around the world. (Getty)

At the time of the approaching presidential election on November 8, 2016, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be 69 and businessman Donald Trump will be 70.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders would beat Biden in the age war at the time of the 2016 election at the age of 75.

As for past nominees, John McCain was also 72 at the time of the 2008 presidential election in which he lost to Obama.

Obama is on the young end of the list. He was 47 at the time of his inauguration, only a few years older than Bill Clinton, who was 46 and John F. Kennedy, who was 43. Theodore Roosevelt is technically the youngest president to hold office, he was 42 at the time, but he is sometimes not considered in the list since he wasn’t actually elected and moved into the position after William McKinley was assassinated.

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President Barack Obama speaks about Afghanistan troop withdraws in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden looks on (Getty)

Both Biden’s political and personal experience may have equipped him for the role of president. Biden was a six-term U.S. senator from Delaware before becoming vice president, and has sought the presidential nomination twice before in 1988 and 2008.

In 1972, a few weeks after Biden was elected to the Senate for the first time, his wife, Neilia Hunter Biden and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash, and his two sons were injured.

His son Beau, 46, died of brain cancer this past May. His dying wish was for Biden to run for president, according to Time.

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