October 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Age, health questions continue for McCain

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and wife Cindy greet supporters Monday in New Mexico.
Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and wife Cindy greet supporters Monday in New Mexico.

(CNN) – Meghan McCain was on the talk-show couch, being grilled by the hosts of "The View." Does it bother her to hear jokes about her father's age? Megan, 23, started chuckling, and allowed, "He IS old!" Tension was replaced by laughter. But that was summer. These days, for Republican Sen. John McCain, age is no laughing matter.

Watch: Is McCain fit to be president?

Age as political issue has become a reality the McCain campaign does indeed have to face. McCain turned 72 in August, which would make him the oldest man to begin a first term as president - three years older than Ronald Reagan.

Clips of McCain making supposed age-related gaffes circulate on the Internet. Last month, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and a supporter of Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, said McCain's age and skin cancer history were fair game as a campaign issue. "We're talking about a reality here that we have to face."

All this skates over the fact that McCain already allowed reporters a peek at eight years worth of health records, dating back to 2000, while Obama has released a one-page summary from his doctor. McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said it's a double standard. "The arbiters of this election are not demanding the same level of disclosure about Sen. Obama. He's essentially running on a doctor's note. I had a harder time getting out of high school math class."

Full story


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Michelle in PA

    McCain has not looked well for weeks, IMO. His color, gait, posture...none of it looks good to me. I'm not voting for him, but I have been concerned for his health and wondering whether the stress is too much for him.

    October 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. No McCain

    He his very old and should consider to retired. McCain go back to Arizona and stop the madness.

    October 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Tony

    MCCAIN USED TO BE A MAN OF CAHRACTER AND A ROLE MODEL. NOW HE IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN ANGRY, BITTER, SELF-ABSOBRED, AROOGANT OLD MAN WITH NO ANSWERS, NO SOLUTIONS, NO IDEAS AND NO PLANS FOR TURNING THE COUNTRY AROUND.

    SAD!

    I WONDER, IF AFTER HE LOSES IN NOVEMBER, IF HE WILL ASK HIMSELF IF TRADING HIS INTEGRITY, CREDIBILITY AND CHARACTER WERE WORTH HIS LUST FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

    October 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. DORIS HOOK

    I must be the only one who noticed that McCain refused Oboma hand shake instead put his wife's hand out to shake. If he cannot shake his hand why did he put his wife's hand out there? Im I the only one who thinks this just shows what McCain is really about
    rude, loud and full of !!!!!!!.

    October 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Ted

    His ideas are as old as he is.

    October 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. America think for you

    Barack Obama the great debater won that debate last night.The GOP had the town hall forum last night which they claim was their candidate strenght and he blew it. He was not a maverick last night. Barack Obama look very presidential last and McCain was very childish. Like in the first debate McCain could not look at Barack in the eye. He wondered around and never look at Barack. We do not need that in the white house. America you need a president when seats with the world leaders that can look at them in the eye.This election America is not about Barack like McCain want to make you believe. It is about you and me and the issues that we care about. You pick America which candidate been talking about the issues lately and understand them.

    October 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Anne E.

    Poorest performance of the night - TOM BROKAW.
    Reducing his comments to being snarky and snippy.
    Tim Russert, oh how we miss you!

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Marnie, VA

    McCain isn't stupid, Arizonians are. To vote for a sickly old shell of a man who doesn't have the decency to shake his opponents hand is beyond pathetic. Isn't there any new blood in Arizona? To vote for a man for 26 years just because he spews out the same old war stories. Give me a break.

    McCain wasn't presidential last night and he'll never be presidential. He was seething when Barack started talking about national security, which was supposed to be McCain's strong point. How dare Barack talk about his subject on his turf. What a baby.

    O8bama/Biden

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Independent, white woman

    Oh my God! First of all, Mccain should not be president, even worse, if he is and God forbid, I do not wish him harm, but if he died, can you imagine Palin as president? oh my God! that would be the ultimate blow to our economy, our freedom and our country. No way, no how, no Mccain/Palin.

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Matthew

    Obama was a life long smoker and both parents died young. Biden has had two brain aneurysms. Shouldn't this concern us as well?

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. American Dream

    I work in a nursing home for 20 years and Mccain looks like my patients. mccain is looking older and older each day. Eldery folks get taken advantage easily and they are easily manipulated, so this would happen to Mccain if he gets elected and Palin will be the real President. We will start noticing Mccain missing in the public eye because he will be too ill to run this nation.

    OBAMA/BIDEN ALL DAY LONG

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Purple Nurple

    I am for "That One".....in 08 BABY!!!!!
    What a stupid comment, my jaw dropped. I do not think he menat it as a racial slur, but more along the lines of "I cant stand you"

    October 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. JL

    McCain's age is a factor because he picked Palin as his VP. As an independent, I would have voted for him if I thought that there was a competent person backing him up as his VP. But, since he picked Palin, I have to consider the fact that he is 72 years old, is a cancer survivor, and has other physical ailments, with a radical separatist and religiously dangerous (after her comments this week, maybe even racist) person as VP. I can't take that gamble.

    October 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. BT

    He repeated himself too often which makes me question his age now.
    We need a sharp person to try and lead us through a time that our country has not seen since the Great Depression.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. carol

    I think McCain's age is a factor.....he looks old and tired...but the thought of Sarah Palin jumping in his shoes is even concerning!!!!
    Be very careful what you ask for America!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. arlene, CA

    Obama won the debate, no doubt in my mind & the polls show Obama won by double digits. McCain really looks very tired, worn out, angry & frustrated. Obama shows he is intelligent, very informed on all the issues, confident, steady & very presidential. All McCain has left is attack, attack, attack. It will not work, not this time ! We got out mail in ballots yesterday & today I am mailing mine in, 3 family members, and 5 friends I know of also mailing theirs in today, all voting Obama. No McCain, No Palin, No Way, No How.

    October 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Oppose Zig Zag Express

    McCain is NOT PRESIDENTIAL for the folowing reasons:

    He says things repeating them when they are obvious lies, beacuse on some other occasion he has actually said the exact opposite, is he senile? is that the onset of dementia or is that the real McCain!

    He is a meanspirited and irritable man, he behaves like a child whose toys have been taken over by another. is his juvenile behaviour and mean spiritness an onset of senility or dementia? or is that the real McCain?

    He claims he is an expert on foreign policy and national security, my friends I have only heard contradictory, mixed up lies regarding past events, names and actions on these policies from Mccain. Is this the onset of senility or dementia or is this the real McCain.

    My conclusion is that he is either at the onset of senility or dementia or HE IS CLULESS ABOUT THE REALITIES OF THE CHALLENGES FACING AMERICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD IN THE 21st CENTURY. I will settle for cluless!!!

    God bless America.

    October 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10