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.
Amen, Carol. I wish we could start this whole process again. I say re-vote for everybody!!!
Ummm, aren't the huge majority of late night talk shows filmed at 4 in the afternoon?
Murtha is wrong on this. Maybe his age limitation should be imposed on senators, too?
I thought Bill said the us old folks were wiser. Camp chaos continues. And they wonder why I switched to Obama.
cheap shot mcbush. hillary backer insults you and you are going after obama? you are pathetic – and btw some talk shows and a college hardball show doesnt DO JACK to prove you are not too old to be president.
YOU ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS, THE POOR PEOPLE and frankly the NON-ELITEs
Senator Obama you have my vote. I hope America does not allow itself to be hoodwinked again by the lying Clintons and the republican rogues
Just one old guy making fun of another old guys age for fun. Don't take it so seriously.
With all the bickering going on amongst Democrats – Hilliary supporters saying they will vote for McCain if Obama wins, and not as many Obama supports saying they will cross over and vote Republican. We all have to be concerned with McCain's age – his medical records have not been releasted, but his people say he is clear of cancer. The reality of it is that some people do suffer some memory loss as they age. No disrespect, but remember Ronald Reagan.
That's so unfair, McCane has been nothing but respectful to the both democratic candidates, even when he disagree with them. Hillary should denounce and reject the statement.
Why are racism and sexism wrong, but it's acceptable to insult someone because of their age? We are living longer and in better health and John McCain and his mother are good examples.
it's the truth. murtha should know.
A Clinton supporter attacks McBush and McBush campaign attacks Obama? That is as hilarious as McBush stealing somebody else's recipe!
But yeah, McCain is old. No wonder everybody wants to be his VP running mate! Just think Anna Nicole Smith.
We need to face reality. McCain is not in his prime or at the top of his game. This is just one of life's facts, not disrespect.
Thank you Uncle Sam. That just sounded good.
Attacking yet another veteran
The way Rep. Murtha comes across is funny. I can't take him seriously about anything he says. I respect him, but I just can't take him seriously at this point. This election has to be the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.
As a Hillary supporter, I'd rather vote for an old guy w/ a lot of experience than a young guy w/o any
DINOSAURS .... THE BOTH OF THEM
Tell it like it is!!!!!!!!!!
Jack Murtha should have supported Obama.
Murtha can talk?!!!
No problem, McCain probably didn't hear him anyway.
So will the call for Clinton to personally apologize for her backers opinions...?
I thought Hillary is the one who is too old to remember what happened in Bosnia.
I always knew Murtha was a self-hating old person.
Jack is an idiot. Isn't it illegal to age discriminate in this country?
You're right Uncle Sam. We have ageism, sexism and racism. In other countries, they respect their elders, here people laugh at them.