The Constitution dictates that in addition to being a citizen and a U.S. resident for at least 14 years, a presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old. Calling the last requirement "age discrimination," 27-year-old South Floridian Ryan Lipner is plowing forward with his quest for the presidency, and on September 19, he sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections stating his intention to run for the highest office.
Lipner says that he became a "presidential candidate" in both 2004 and 2008 (when New Times previously caught up with him
) and that he truly feels he should be president and is not pursuing this as a joke or making a mockery of our democracy. Lipner is known for his obsession with Hallmark stores as a teen and for opening branches without the company's permission, leading him "to grand theft, bankruptcy, imprisonment, and possibly insanity -- all before his 18th birthday,"according to a 2001 New Times story
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Lipner says he will take his candidacy as far as he can and will fight the age limit in court, challenging the Constitution for a shot at a line on the ballot. For better or worse, he says, he has never allowed age to interject between him and his goals.
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