The second hour of the debate began with conversation about age — and how much it matters.
Moderator Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for Politico, broached the subject with the three oldest candidates: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who is 78, and then former vice president Joe Biden, who is 77.
Then he turned to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is 70.
“Senator Warren, you would be the oldest president ever inaugurated,” Alberta said. “I’d like you to weigh in on this as well.”
Warren had an answer at the ready.
“I’d also be the youngest woman ever inaugurated,” she said, grinning.
The crowd erupted in cheers. On Twitter, viewers and analysts commended what seemed, to all, to be the ultimate witty comeback.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who has endorsed Warren for President, tweeted Warren’s quote, with an attribution that suggests her words will go down in history.
She is known for running through crowds of supporters at campaign events and standing in “selfie lines” for hours. At a recent rally in Rock Hill, S.C., a local councilwoman, Nikita Jackson, commended Warren on her “energy” and “stamina.”
“I was just amazed that when you first came out here, Sen. Warren, that you ran up those steps the way that you did, and all this energy and stamina that you have,” she said.