"He was a little jerk," McCain said with a smile, referring to a student questioner on Tuesday who cited McCain's age (71) and asked if the Arizona Republican worried he "might die in office or get Alzheimer’s or some other disease that might affect [his] judgment?” (Related video: Another teen questioner talks with CNN's Kiran Chetry on his pointed questions)
McCain told the questioner that he was not worried about his age and ended the exchange in his quintessential straight talk tongue in cheek style: “Thanks for the question, you little jerk … you’re drafted.”
Speaking with CNN about the remarks, McCain added that "especially with young people, but with everybody, you got have a sense of humor and exchange."
McCain added, "He's entitled to his views and I respect them and that's why I made sure he was able to respond three or four times. I think that's what young people expect."
- CNN's Sareena Dalla and Alexander Mooney