DeSantis goes after Trump's age by saying president is NOT the job for 'someone ... trends now
But the Florida governor, 45, shot back at Christie, saying anyone 'pushing 80' likely shouldn't be running for president.
The two clashed after debate moderator Megyn Kelly asked DeSantis whether he believes Trump is 'mentally fit' to serve as president after a slew of attacks and ads targeting the ex-president's age and gaffes.
Rather than speaking about Trump's mental competency, DeSantis focused on the age of it all – something that Christie, who is urging his competitors to answer the questions as asked, was not pleased with.
'Father Time is undefeated, the idea that we're going to put someone up there that's almost 80 and there's going to be no effects from that – we all know that that's not true,' DeSantis said. 'And so we have an opportunity to do a next generation of leaders and really be able to move this country forward.'
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the presidency 'is not a job for somebody that's pushing 80' when asked if Donald Trump is 'mentally fit' to serve another four years
Frontrunners Donald Trump, 77, and Joe Biden, 81, have faced intense criticism over their age and questions often emerge over whether they are mentally and physically fit for the job
'I think we need to have somebody younger, I think when you get up to 80 I don't think it's a job for that.'
Age has been a major factor of the 2024 presidential race with both parties having geriatric frontrunners.
Trump, when elected in 2016, was the oldest person to ever become president, with Ronald Reagan coming in second. President Joe Biden, 81, beat Trump by eight years when he was elected at the age of 78.
Christie said that DeSantis, as well as the other two competitors on stage Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley, are 'afraid' to attack Trump.
'It's not about afraid,' DeSantis insisted. 'It's about pointing out – do you want to elect somebody who