April 16th, 2008
03:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton backer says McCain is too old for Oval Office

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Rep. John Murtha is three years older than Sen. John McCain. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) – Rep. Jack Murtha, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, introduced the New York senator at a Washington appearance Wednesday with the observation that Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. “It’s no old man’s job,” said Murtha.

McCain is 71, three years younger than Murtha, a powerful Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania. Murtha said the demands of the office were too much for men of their age.

If he were elected, McCain would be the oldest first-term U.S. president in history.

"...[T]his one guy running is about as old as me," said Murtha. "And let me tell you something, it's not [an] old man's job. I mean the campaign, the stress, so forth."

McCain’s campaign immediately condemned Murtha’s remarks, saying trail activities like his late-night talk show appearances should eliminate any voter doubt about the Arizona senator’s stamina for the office, in a statement that did not mention Clinton, taking aim instead at Barack Obama.

"I think people will evaluate John McCain through the type of campaign he is running, whether it is through appearances on shows like Letterman and Leno, whether its through the fifteen hour days on the campaign trail,” McCain's senior advisor Steve Schmidt. “He’s a person who’s in great physical shape, who has outworked every other campaign on the Republican side, and you know, has a much tougher and demanding schedule than Senator Obama."

McCain himself laughed at Murtha’s remarks, telling CNN’s John King that the congressman is a friend, but should speak for himself - he feels great.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. AZM

    This is funny... coming from Murtha... if it's getting tough maybe you should retire... ha ha...

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    Jack Murtha can's talk.........He is older than McCain and he needs to retire himself.
    Not that I support McCain, but the pot cant call the kettle black.
    MURTHA is too old and out of touch as well.

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Ohio For Hillary!!!!

    Has to be his "Young" wife keeping him going.....

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Caroline

    Hah! Well isn't that the pot calling the kettle black...

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. scott, lithonia, georgia

    McCAIN IS TOO OLD TO BE ANYTHING BUT AN EXHIBIT AT MADAME TUSSAUD'S.

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is some concern since some mental and physical ablities slow down after certain points in age in many people. They differ from person to person, but it can happen. Do we want to risk the concern over the mental stablity that we started to wonder with Reagan? I hope not.

    April 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Ohio Dem

    ...This is just too easy.

    April 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Moses

    Duhhhh...doesn't take a Rocket scientist to figure McCain is a Dinosaur!

    April 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Chris from San Antonio

    I'm more afraid of his policies than his age.

    April 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Liz

    i think this should be taken seriously. its from one dinasour to another.
    OBAMA 2008

    April 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Tampa Voter

    L.O.L. L.O.L.

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Val

    Give me your break! Look who's talking!

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Carol

    McCain is too old
    Obama is too inexperienced
    Hillary is too obnoxious

    Can we start all over again?

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. April in Texas

    Well I actually have to agree. McCains age is in question but I am more concerned with the delays of his medical records than his actual age..

    Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Lou

    I just watched McCain on msnbc...he always seems testy and agitated. I like a lot of what he says, but he does come across as a mean old man.

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. t

    This is getting a little pathetic on the clinton campaigns side

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Andrea, California

    he is.

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. HillarySkank on myspace

    Hey Murtha, you are too old to have an opinion about anything. Shut your pork barrel mouth and go retire. Take your daughter Hillary with you.

    April 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Boyan from Los Angeles

    None of you will get a shot,not Hillary,not McCain,and not you old idiot.
    It's OBAMA time baby!!!

    April 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. James

    It doesn't matter if the President is 35 or 85. What matters is, if the President is dedicated to the majority of American people. Bush is a good case in point, since he ignores the people on behalf of Israel.

    April 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Julia

    Clinton supporters are as delusional as their master.

    April 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Vince

    This race is getting funnier.

    April 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Barbara Texas

    Now that's funny!!!!

    April 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Beth

    What did Murtha's comment have to do with Barack Obama? And for some reason I doubt that he has a "much tougher and demanding" schedule than Obama, considering McCain's primary is effectively over.

    Anyhow, I find it funny that a while ago, Mccain intimated that Murtha's age made him "too sentimental" for certain decisions because he's had to deal with death and funerals, but when Murtha brought up McCain's age, McCain acts like it has no bearing.

    I'm of the attitude that McCain's age is much less of an issue than his poor policy positions, but McCain can't have it both ways–can't criticize a man's age when he's only 3 years older than you are, and then expect others not to criticize yours. (Ben Smith on Politico has the whole story about that, btw.)

    April 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Crystal, California

    He is too old.

    April 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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