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. vicki hampton

    And who is it that said Chuck "Mr.Botox" Norris was young, because I would like to get their eyes checked? He is so old that dust flies out every time he passes gas. So he might need to look in the mirror before he starts criticizing someone else. Just because he married someone that is a 1/3 of his age does not make him young, the only reason he even has a wife is because he has money because he sure ain't nothing to look at.

    January 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. John

    We wouldn't be talking about McCain today if it wasn't for his buddy Thompson. For as long as Thompson stays in the race McCain will be winning. Fred Thompson followers are enemies of John McCain. They hate him and would never cast a vote for him. So Fred keeps them voting for Fred. If he drops out McCain would not be able to get enough votes to win. But by that time McCain will have already few wins and cannot be ignored.

    January 20, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. doctordoctor

    Barbie and Ken are both a joke.
    If you don't get it here's a hint: Who's the medias darlings and dress-up dolls?
    That's right the lovebirds John and Mike.
    God Save the USA
    MITT/FRED 08'
    The clear and correct choice.

    January 20, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. JB, Los Angeles, CA

    Will someone out there PLEASE tell me ... Why in the world does anyone really care what Chuck Norris thinks or says?

    January 20, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. rob

    Oooh, Chuck. Bad move. Hollywood celebrity making fun of old people, not a great move in your party, or anywhere actually.

    January 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Go Huck-n-Chuk

    Amen Chuck! People that old are basically worthless drags on our economy anyway. Not only is 70+ too old to be president, its too old to Vote! We don't want senile people choosing the president do we? Its not like they've earned our respect or anything... Maybe they should all be rounded up and committed to retirement homes.

    Seriously folks... The Presidency for 4 years is hard? Try being a POW in Vietnam for longer than that. It may be the hardest thing George Bush or Bill Clinton have ever done, but for John its got to be a walk in the park.

    January 20, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Peter

    Chuck Norris doesn't sleep...He waits.

    Looks like Chuck is about to round house ol' Johnny..

    January 20, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Jimmy

    I want to add I'm deaf and...

    Senator Mc Cain running for Republican President...was on Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and
    when students protested their rights, he quit the board. He is unamerican and all deaf all 23 million
    hearing impaired should not vote for him..

    January 20, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Linda

    There are so many reasons John McCain will never be our nominee other than his age. He is called a Maverick because he always puts himself first before the Republican Party. Can anyone remember McCain-Feingold limiting free speech? Or McCain-Kennedy allowing the greatest amnesty program to illegal immigrants in American history? Or McCain-Lieberman in attacking American industry through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases? Or McCain and his Gang of 14 which prevented approval of judicial nominees? McCain voted for Sarbanes-Oxley giving a blow to pharmaceutical research and development of prescription drugs.. McCain opposed the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and gave the liberals another opportunity to exploit class warfare by referring to the tax reduction as tax cuts for the rich. Let's not forget McCain-ACLU where he worked to grant due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants (TERRORISTS) and has repeatedly called for the immediate closing of Guantanamo Bay and the introduction of al-Qaeda terrorists into our own prisons. McCain is for human embryo stem cell research and against repealing the death tax. Let's not forget his that he would rather have thousands of Americans die than pour water up a terrorist's nose for 30 seconds since that is torture! So back to the age issue, maybe that is why he has such a temper when he doesn't get his way. McCain is a Washington Insider and part of the good old boy club and part of the problem. I am voting for Mitt Romney. At least he doesn't have to settle any scores and make any deals to get the job done in our corrupt Government where everybody protects each other so they can keep getting reelected. I can't tell you how many times I had to call McCain's office to tell them how upset I was with what he was doing on the floor of the Senate. That is why they do things in the dead of night and have no discussion on bills. They don't want the American people to know what garbage they have stuck in all their bills!. Throw the bumbs out America. We need new blood.

    January 20, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Larry Jordan

    I agree that John McCain is too old to be President in this high-pressure age. All you need to do is take a close look at him on the campaign trail. He even appears frail at times. His doddering speech, read so awkwardly after one of his recent wins, was most disturbing. Plus he's a war monger, still trapped in the war mentality. He wants to EXPAND the Iraq war, and vanquish "the enemy." Futile.

    As for Mitt Romney, he recently filled out a 12 point questionaire, as did the other candidates, giving his views on Presidential power. He is even worse than Bush! His view of the Presidency goes far beyond Constitutional limits and is literally tyrannical - unrecognizable in the pre-9/11 American system of government. Simply put, Romney claims that the President is - in his words "not subject to serious constraints." In fact, he does not recognize a single limit on Presidential power. Not one.

    Romney also rejects the view of Thomas Jefferson that the right to habeas corpus is "one of the essential principles of our government" and "the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government be held to principles of its Constitution."

    In every area, Romney explicitly states that neither laws nor treaties can limit the President's conduct. He says our only basic civil liberty is "the right to be kept alive."

    Interestingly, ALL of the other candidates who responded to the questionaire - Republican and Democrat - repudiated some of the key doctrines of the Bush/Cheney view of executive power. But not Mitt Romney. He is not fit to be President.

    January 20, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. PC Cooper

    These two guys look like a warm-up act for a HeeHa review in Branson. Norris' teeth veneers are the only thing young about him. At least Huckabee could have gotten a retired Nas Car driver to be his spokesperson.Then you have Romney. For a smart guy, you would think he would at least have a hard time swallowing that whole Mormon thing. McCain, at best, is a lame duck from day one.

    Forget this geek squad, and vote Democratic.

    January 20, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. StateTheObvious

    Chuck Norris's opinions about politics aren't news. It's disappointing to see CNN continue to fill its pages with absolutely meaningless content when America is facing – and creating – its biggest problems in our lifetime. Quick CNN! Cut to another front-page report on Britney or Michael Vick!

    January 20, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Susan C

    Ageism – the last apparently acceptable form of discrimination. Contrary to some comments written here, everyone does NOT deteriorate rapidly when approaching 80. I have relatives in their 80's who continue to thrive in their chosen careers as well as traveling the world. You should be ashamed of yourself Chuck and you too "Huck" for standing by without comment.

    January 20, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. JKW

    Me hats off to McCain's Mother , unfortunately she is not running for President

    January 20, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Klaus Mueller

    Can somebody please tell Chuck Norris to stick to acting instead of pretending to be a medical excpert on the aging process!! Shame on Huckabee for allowing it! I thought he had vowed to refrain from dirty tricks.

    January 20, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Henry Cabot

    McCain is too old. It's not easy to hear the truth sometimes. Some grandmothers do need the car keys taken away, and some old politicians need to be in less demanding jobs than President of the United States.

    January 20, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Allison

    The comment from Richard was both racist and incredibly ignorant.

    However, I'm thankful when people like him expose their fear-mongering rhetoric publicly. It only shows the world how absurd those views truly are.

    January 20, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. PAT

    I THINK THAT OLD CHUCK SHOULD KEEP HIS POLITICAL OPINIONS TO HIMSELF. WHY DO MOVIE STARS HAVE TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK? WE CAN JUDGE FOR OURSELVES.

    January 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Shane

    I'm gald someone said it. I just can't vote for someone that is 71. We have all seen how this office ages you...I wouldn't feel right putting this man in the whitehouse.

    January 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. BOB

    Why point out Norris' age...he's not running for president?

    The problem with McCain, besides his love affair with Ted Kennedy, is that he is much more of a Democrat than a Republican. Let Hillary and/or Obama be the Democrat choice, but please don't make the Republica option just another Democrat, ie., John McCain.

    January 20, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. WOW

    If you are talking, "Who would live longest?"
    Hands down...Mitt Romney...you know those Mormons don't smoke, drink alchohol, drugs, no sex out of marriage, no STD's, they preach that "word of wisdom" scripture thing that commands them to eat healthy, exercise and none of those naughty things.
    Mitt is the most healthy!!!

    January 20, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Tawnja Gibson

    Huckabee really scares me. He so quietly "does't" say anything as he sneakily gets people around him to cast dispersions on others. Come on, Mike. Love thy neighbor, remember? If you are Christian, prove it by truly loving people.

    January 20, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Coaster26, Everywhere, USA

    Funny, I just saw some commercial today with Chuck Norris running around in a muscle shirt, and my first thought was; "Isn't he too OLD to be doing that?"

    Pots and Kettles.

    January 20, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Halikaa

    Is he serious? He should have asked himself that when he made Delta Force 20 (insert a smirk here...more to follow, read on). I cannot believe that someone who has only "played" the part of an action hero, a part he played as a B-grade actor/fighter when cast against Rocky and the Terminator, has the audacity to even challenge the survivability of John McCain. I'm no McCainanite, but I do know he is a survivor. I am also pretty certain that D.C. will not age him any more than Hanoi did. I think that at 72 he's probably pretty wise and his experiences dwarf Huckabee's. I think Mr. Norris should reconsider his endorsement, or at least he should have read the script before he started yapping.

    January 20, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Gobama

    NO CLINTON 3rd TERM!
    STATUS QUO MUST GO!

    The Clintons defile the Oval Office to destroy their own White House legacy and their 'marriage'.

    The Clintons undermined the US Presidency, prevent the election of Al Gore, cause the election of bush, the destroyer, start an UNPROVOKED war, sacrifice thousands of American lives and limbs, emptied the National Treasury, weakened the dollar and destroy the US economy. . . . .

    Do Americans want another round of crass Clinton undermining of the US Presidency and defilement of the Oval Office?

    January 20, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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