Tip for nominees: Get a younger VP

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  • The Republican and Democratic nominations are both undecided, but it's not too early to consider running mates
  • "I do think that the generational box for in the Democratic Party has to be checked as well," Donna Brazile said

(CNN)The Republican and Democratic nominations are both undecided, but it's not too early to consider running mates.

Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper queried panelists about who could end up as understudies.
CNN political commentator Donna Brazile emphasized one need for a Democratic ticket headed by either Hillary Clinton, 68, or Bernie Sanders, 74.
    "I do think that the generational box for in the Democratic Party has to be checked," Brazile said.
    Clinton and Sanders have both attempted to tap into a more youthful voter pool, with backing, respectively, from pop singer Katy Perry and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike.
    A young vice-presidential choice could help, SOTU panelists agreed. After all, GOP front-runner Donald Trump is 69. GOP contender Ben Carson is 64 and Jeb Bush is 62.
    A younger Republican nominee could pose a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton, said CNN political commentator Ana Navarro. She cited Sens. Ted Cruz, 45 and Marco Rubio, 44, as potential beneficiaries of the age issue. Either could pose a "You're yesterday, we're tomorrow," argument against the opponents old enough to be their parents.
    "And elections are about tomorrow," Tapper said.