February 15th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Cafferty: Who would win McCain-Obama generational battle?

 John McCain and Barack Obama shake hands at the debate prior to the New Hampshire primary in January.
John McCain and Barack Obama shake hands at the debate prior to the New Hampshire primary in January.

If John McCain and Barack Obama end up facing each other in November, it would be a historic election representing a true generational battle.

The match-up would pit the 71-year-old McCain, who if elected would become the oldest president ever, against the 46-year-old Obama, who would be one of the youngest.

We're starting to get a glimpse of what this race would be all about. By seizing on the mantle of change, Obama has drawn record numbers of young voters to the polls who see him a something of a rock star.

And, after their respective victories in the Potomac Primaries on Tuesday, both men seemed to set their sights on each other. McCain called hope a "powerful thing", saying he's seen men's hopes tested in hard and cruel ways.

He then went on to contrast his POW experience with Obama's speeches, adding: "To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude." Those would be classified as "fightin' words."

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