Bloomberg by the Numbers: 27

That’s the age difference in years between Vice President Joe Biden, 69, and Representative Paul Ryan, 42, the presumptive Republican vice-presidential nominee.

It would be the biggest such gap between major-party vice-presidential nominees since 1904, when Republican Charles Fairbanks was more than 28 years younger than his Democratic opposite, Henry G. Davis.

In 1988, Dan Quayle was 26 years younger than Lloyd Bentsen.

Biden “reached out to Congressman Ryan earlier today to congratulate him on his selection and welcome him to the race,” the White House said in a statement issued this afternoon. “The vice president urged Congressman Ryan to enjoy the day with his family, and said he looked forward to engaging him on the clear choice voters face this November.”


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