January 20th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Norris: McCain may be too old for the White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/20/art.norris.ap.jpg caption="Norris is hosting a fundraiser for Huckabee at his Texas ranch."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chuck Norris brought his tough-guy approach to the campaign trail Sunday, taking aim at John McCain's age and suggesting the Arizona senator might not last even a single term.

Norris, an ardent supporter of Mike Huckabee, told reporters he believes serving as president accelerates the aging process 3-to-1.

"If John takes over the presidency at 72 and he ages 3-to-1, how old will he be in four years? Eighty-four years old - and can he handle that kind of pressure in that job?" Norris said, as Huckabee looked on.

"That's why I didn't pick John to support, because I'm just afraid the vice president will wind up taking over his job within that four-year presidency," added the action star.

Huckabee himself avoided offering his own opinion on whether McCain is fit for the presidency, saying "Only John McCain and his hair dresser know for sure."

Norris, who has been at Huckabee's side for weeks as the former Arkansas governor campaigns for the presidency, is hosting a fundraiser for the Republican White House hopeful at his Texas ranch Sunday.

- CNN's Eric Fiegel and Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (586 Responses)
  1. MKM

    I love it. Chuck Norris is only four years younger than McCain. Take away Chuckles bad dye job and plastic surgery and he'd look just as old. He's not helping Huckabee, he's a mill stone around Huckabees neck.

    January 20, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Landon, The Woodlands, Tx

    The good candidate just dropped out. America gets what it deserves, and apparently it doesn't deserve a good conservative President.

    January 20, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. tonygoprano

    I beg to differ with Mr. Norris. Ask any reporter who travels with the McCain campaign as ask them if they can even keep up with him? We need someone with McCain's knowledge of the military, especially when we have soldiers in harm's way. Huckabee and his gang are desparate,; they know they are finished and Norris is just taking cheap shots. Get out of politics Chucky. You know not of what you speak of!

    January 20, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Vinny

    I don't care how old John McCain is. He would NEVER get my vote. If he's nominated I will write in Romney. McCain's stance on Illegal Immigration, taxes, Mc Cain-Feingold, "Torture", and the "friends" he has: Ted "Chappaquidick" Kennedy, Robert KKK Byrd, and the Marxist Feingold, have sentenced him to the dustbin of Liberal/Moderate Republicans. My feelings are shared by the titans of talk radio (Rush, Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Michael Savage) and George Will and The National Review. That's, at least 30 million write-in votes, to say nothing about the angry Democrats, and Lou Dobbs supporters, who want the illegals the hell out of here.

    January 20, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. leo

    If this country is going to elect President based on age, it will only prove how dumb the voters really are. Is Chuck Norris now a pillar of intellectual wisdom and a guru of smart and responsible politics?
    This country needs a functioning democracy, i.e. a whole array of political parties which would have to form blocks and compromise to achieve their goals at least partially. The current situation is ridiculous: we are voting for essentially the same people grouped in two major blocks, whose rhetoric somewhat differs, but the core values remain the same. Whoever is elected will play to the tune of major corporations and powerful special interests, and nothing will change. This country will need a couple of hundred years and a loss of superpower status to alter its way of thinking and living.

    January 20, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Greg Neubeck

    In selecting your Presidential candidate, please reflect on the dire consequences of a docile retreat before a relatively small band of Islamic extremists; and, attempt to formulate your own opinion as to the most prudent course of action in the defense of our Nation. It might assist to consider the following scenario: the infiltration of a group of terrorists similar to the Atta cabal with a quantity of weaponized anthrax procured from a rogue state; the acquisition of a single crop-duster aircraft fitted with a dry-agent disseminator; and, the dispersal of that dangerous toxin over an American population center. The loss of American life would be catastrophic. -Or-, is it preferable to pre-empt such fanatics by destroying them on their home turf, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, before they secure the capacity to threaten our homeland? The latter is in fact a key element in current American strategy. Is it advisable to support any candidate who would reverse course and sacrifice the impressive gains against Islamofacists that young Americans have shed their precious blood to achieve? The fact that we have not experienced another 9/11 is not a by-chance occurrence. Further, it's critical to appreciate the pivotal role that our own border security plays in our "war against terrorism", keeping in mind that "Amnesty" is anathema to border security. A Nation without enforceable borders will not long survive as a Nation. Mitt Romney is exceedingly strong on each of these principles.

    Greg Neubeck

    January 20, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Mike

    Just in case no one remembers, we've have already had a president in his seventies, Ronald Reagan. In mental function, McCain is light years ahead of where Reagan was when he took office, let alone the later years of his two terms.

    Contrary to what people with limited knowledge of history like to say, it is not old men who make trouble as national leaders, it is younger men with ambition. Especially, this has been true in our time. Some of the most prodigious diplomatic feats of the contemporary era have been performed by men in their 70s.

    Think DeGaulle, Mandela, Adenauer. You might want to add Eisenhower to list, although he was 70 when he left office

    Absent major disease, McCain has as good a chance as anybody of being a good president. Trying to estimate someone's lifespan in office in presidential dog years is just an exercise in political voodoo.

    January 20, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Fredric, Las Vegas

    Since when is Chuck Norris the country's decider . Does a candidate need a hollywood actor to trail to win votes?

    January 20, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Scott from Freehold

    Again, why is Chuck Norris relevant? He's a hack actor, right wingnut and buffoon. Who cares what he thinks!

    January 20, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Too old??

    Chuck Norris made a movie in which he was a war hero and POW John McCain is one. Enough said.

    January 20, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Tom Davie

    I guess I have run into the MODERATOR who is pro obama.

    my VERY NEUTRAL posts are not being put up.

    Time to use my alternate ID i guess with a different IP address.

    January 20, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Robert Eddy

    Oh, and Chuck Norris can act?

    Consider thew source.

    January 20, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. David Mold

    Since Chuck Norris is 67, I think he is too old for his opinion to be given any credence.

    January 20, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Dan Trombetta

    McCain showed he was too old back in 2000 when he let the Bush campaign get away with saying his wife was a drug addict and he has an illegitimate child.

    Bush said McCain suffered brain damage in Vietnam, and whether true or not he did display some senility when his campaign faltered recently. His speech did not make sense and he almost went broke due to poor financial planning.

    We all honor his service in Vietnam, but being a POW doesn't qualify you to be president.

    January 20, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. Jeff Barea

    Blah blah blah. Giuliani's going to win anyway.

    January 20, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Ned

    What an idiot! Florida retirees will wholly reject Chuckie's remark. So much for the Huskter's pledge to play nice.

    January 20, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Chicken Fried - Atlanta, GA

    "Only his hairdresser knows for sure." Poor 'ol Huckleberry. So confused. He was really talkin' about Chuck's incredibly bad hairpiece and that horrible kitchen sink dye job Chuck's wearing.

    January 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. newz4i

    Last week Huckabee went after gays to get elected. Now his cohort is using someone's age.

    Why can't Huckabee and his "staff" stick to how he would be as a president?

    Weird campaign going on here with this guy.

    January 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Joey

    GIULIANI -PRESIDENT/THOMPSON VICE PRESIDENT!!! EXCELLENT COMBO FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..STILL THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    January 20, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Dave C - NJ

    I love Chuck's psedeo- science on the presidential aging process.

    In Hollywood-years that means Chuck is 1036.

    January 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Sheri

    Vote Hillary for a SOCIALIST AMERICA! If she doesn't get elected, she can always run for Gov. of Louisiana, where the Democrats expect massive handouts.

    January 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Carrie

    You people make me sick! His injuries were caused by being a POW. For all the suffering and pain, he looks great for his age.

    January 20, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Tom

    So all it takes to distract voters from one's desire to quarantine all citizens with AIDS and a son who enjoys hanging stray dogs is an endorsement from Walker Texas Ranger. Good to know.

    January 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. R Dew

    Chuck Norris said... so it must be TRUE!

    Get a life... this isn't "Walker, Texas Ranger".

    Since when does being a movie star make anyone a political genius or a doctor of geriatrics?

    Chuck Norris has been punched in the head one too many times...

    January 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Ruth Perez, Tucson, AZ

    Chuck Norris is not getting any younger either, so why would he make a comment like that about McCain, i am not a Republican, but i still didn't like the snide remark that Norris made, shame on you.

    January 20, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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