Maine Governor Proposes Raising Age to Vote, Join the Military to 21
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) was frustrated last week when state lawmakers overrode his veto on a bill that raises the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.
Now, LePage is threatening to submit legislation to increase the age to vote or join the military to 21 to be consistent with the new tobacco law.
“If 18-year-olds are too young and can’t make the right decision to buy cigarettes, then I don’t think they should be able to vote. And secondly, if they’re too young to buy cigarettes, then I think we ought to not send them to war until they’re 21,” LePage said in a radio interview on WVOM. “I’m gonna put up two bills and let them look at the hypocrisy and see how sensible that was.”
On "The Five," Greg Gutfeld said it would be ridiculous to deny a cigarette to an injured soldier because he's old enough to serve in the military, but not old enough to smoke.
"If you don't trust someone to buy smokes at 18, how can you trust them to fight wars?" Gutfeld said.
Dana Perino said she believes that the legal age for drinking alcohol should also be 18.
"I think that we are delaying adolescence for so long, and it's preposterous," Perino said. "I think we would be better off by trusting people earlier. And then hopefully, there wouldn't be as much binge drinking or problems later on."
As for raising the voting age, Harf said it's not a serious policy proposal, but merely LePage throwing a "temper tantrum" because he was overwritten on a veto.
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