WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican John McCain seemed to suggest Wednesday that if he wins the White House he may only serve one term.
According to the Boston Globe, the 71 year-old candidate was asked whether he will have the ability to serve a full eight years as president, while campaigning in New Hampshire.
"If I said I was running for eight years, I'm not sure that would be a vote getter," McCain responded.
McCain often jokes about his age on the campaign trail - he would be the nation’s oldest first-term president - but the Arizona senator points to his energetic 95-year-old mother as evidence his age is a non-factor.
According to the Globe, McCain later clarified his statement, saying, "I think the decision as to whether to run for re-election has to do with the circumstances at the time. I really do. You shouldn't run for eight years. Because then you think you've got eight years to get these things done."
A McCain spokesman said the Arizona senator was not suggesting he would not seek a second term.
"He was simply stating that on his first day in the Oval Office he will be focused on the big problems the country faces – not on re-election strategy sessions," she said.