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. William, El Paso, TX

    Chuck Norris is an idiot for supporting Mike Huckabee, but he may be correct about McCain being too old. McCain is an ill tempered man who has a very thin skin. He has managed to control his temper through the campaign this time. I just want him to inteview with Mike Reagan again to see if Mike can provoke him like he did in 1999. I'll guarantee that if Reagan gets to talk with him, McCain will blow, and blow sky high. If McCain cools it, and keeps his temper, he will get the nomination. Then, he will get the stuffings knocked out of him in the general election. Practice saying "President Clinton" again.

    WE DO NOT NEED JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. RT

    Romney is the best man for the job, IMO. Well educated, poised, solid business and leadership background, plus he's a good family man. A well put-together man.

    January 20, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Mike

    Chuck should keep his opinions to something he knows, physical not mental exercise. While he is entitled to his opinion, why do we have to be burdened by it? Free speech only means you get to speak, nobody has to listen, and I choose to ignore this dribble.

    Thank you.

    January 20, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Sue

    McCain doesn't have my vote, because he is weak on illegal immigration, but I must say...Chuck Norris is one to talk... We accepted him as "Walker, Texas Ranger" when he was arguably to old to be doing that sort of thing. I guess whatever suits HIM is the way things are. There is no way a loon like Huckabee will ever be elected President of the U.S. ...Although I admit having Bush as president certainly doesn't strengthen my argument. The comments Huckabee made about Romney's religion is a perfect example of how unpresidential Huckabee is. This is America–and Huckabee makes ridiculous, ignorant comments about his opponent's religion that way? But I must say, McCain has been through a lot. He is tough. Age is not even an issue. I guess Norris is just grasping for ways to attack McCain when comparing him to Huckabee. It's not even a contest. In a general election, there is no way Huckabee can beat McCain. I say this while I have no intention of voting for McCain.

    January 20, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Sue

    McCain doesn't have my vote, because he is weak on illegal immigration, but I must say...Chuck Norris is one to talk... We accepted him as "Walker, Texas Ranger" when he was arguably too old to be doing that sort of thing. I guess whatever suits HIM is the way things are. There is no way a loon like Huckabee will ever be elected President of the U.S. ...Although I admit having Bush as president certainly doesn't strengthen my argument. The comments Huckabee made about Romney's religion is a perfect example of how unpresidential Huckabee is. This is America–and Huckabee makes ridiculous, ignorant comments about his opponent's religion that way? But I must say, McCain has been through a lot. He is tough. Age is not even an issue. I guess Norris is just grasping for ways to attack McCain when comparing him to Huckabee. It's not even a contest. In a general election, there is no way Huckabee can beat McCain. I say this while I have no intention of voting for McCain.

    January 20, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Bill, El Paso, TX

    Chuck Norris is an idiot for supporting Mike Huckabee, but he may be correct about McCain being too old. McCain is an ill tempered man who has a very thin skin. He has managed to control his temper through the campaign this time. I just want him to inteview with Mike Reagan again to see if Mike can provoke him like he did in 1999. I'll guarantee that if Reagan gets to talk with him, McCain will blow, and blow sky high. If McCain cools it, and keeps his temper, he will get the nomination. Then, he will get the stuffings knocked out of him in the general election. Practice saying "President Clinton" again.

    WE DO NOT NEED JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Extremely rude comment.... a new low for sure. Mike Huckabee NO LONGER has my vote.

    January 20, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Howard, Huntington, NY

    Um, Chuck Norris is 67...

    January 20, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Mike

    Chuck should stick to making crappy movies and TV shows.

    Oh yeah... he's too old.

    January 20, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Roy

    Oh look at Pastor Mike. He needs a tough-guy to do his dirty work. Maybe he can make Cheney his VP again to serve this purpose if, God forbid, this televangelist gets elected.

    January 20, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    And who is this Chuck Norris that i should consider his opinion? An untalented actor with over-bleached teeth.

    January 20, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Tommy

    And who is this Chuck Norris that i should consider his opinion? An untalented actor with over-bleached teeth.

    January 20, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Doug, Denver, Colorado

    Norris is full of BS. For one thing, Fred Thompson looks years older than McCain. Huckabee and Romney have about as much integrity as Dick Cheney-none. As a Republican, a career soldier (and and active Mormon) It is my heartfelt belief that It is time we elect someone with the maturity and character to stand up to the Pork Zealots and who can work with everyone to eliminate the gridlock that has allowed a corrupt congress to do nothing to solve the immigration and health care problems of this country. McCain is the only person who can do that. As for National Security, there is no contest-He is the only person accepable to be my commander in chief and that of my career soldier son.

    January 20, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Richard, FL

    "If Obama is elected President it will be the end of this country as we know it. You will see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson rapping in the presidential chambers.

    Mark my words this country will never see another White President and in 50 years you will see how the blacks will try to suppress all ethnic races in this country……GOD HELP US ALL."
    ----------------------------------
    We will mark your words. They fit in perfectly with "Mission Accomplished", "I'm a uniter not a divider" and "Hell of a job, Brownie". At last Bush-supporters have someone who makes Bush look like a genius.

    January 20, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. george f.

    Not McCain under any circumstances. Traitor to the Party. I will not vote for him even to stop Hillary, who I think will be Gods judgment on America.

    January 20, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Huckabee doesn't have a chance...thank goodness! Norris as an endorsement is a joke, too! They deserve each other..Both are Bad Actors....REALLY BAD!..

    January 20, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Jon

    Keep dying your hair, Chuck.

    Who really cares what a has-been in Hollywood thinks?

    January 20, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. wagnerjc

    So when does a has-been C list actor (nice cosmetic work, Chuck) decide who will be the Repuglican nominee?

    January 20, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. EP

    There is a real choice for Republican voters. They can elect John McCain, a man who may be somewhat older, or they can elect a younger man like Huckabee who associates with brain dead people like Chuck Norris.

    January 20, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Elia, El Paso, TX

    Chuck Norris is an idiot for supporting Mike Huckabee, but he may be correct about McCain being too old. McCain is an ill tempered man who has a very thin skin. He has managed to control his temper through the campaign this time. I just want him to inteview with Mike Reagan again to see if Mike can provoke him like he did in 1999. I'll guarantee that if Reagan gets to talk with him, McCain will blow, and blow sky high. If McCain cools it, and keeps his temper, he will get the nomination. Then, he will get the stuffings knocked out of him in the general election. Practice saying "President Clinton" again.

    WE DO NOT NEED JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. David Jacobson, New York NY

    The day that Chuck Noris's political opinions qualify as national news is the day I turn off the TV.

    Shame on you, CNN.

    January 20, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. Titus Livius

    McCain has a good idea from time to time, but overall he is not a reliable friend of constitutional liberty or of conservative economics. His autocratic streak is disquieting.

    Old men who are wise have become wiser over time. Yet many old men are not wise. With McCain, the wisdom isn't consistently there now, so why would one think that it would magically start to accrete now, and increase from age 72 to 80?

    Romney is the best choice we have. We should not lose the services of this extraordinary man on account of worry over those who would vote against Romney solely because they despise Mormons. They have nine months to come to know him as the fine person he truly is, and thus get over their irrational hatred. Moreover, they may not vote against him in the final analysis, because they do not necessarily despise the Clintons less. Besides that, do we really want a small group of bigots dictating to the rest of us who should lead the nation?

    War heros deserve the nation's thanks for what they achieved in wartime. McCain has his medals as the expression of the nation's gratitude from what he endured in Vietnam. However, there is as difference between awarding a medal and turning the Presidency over to someone as a reward for military exploits. The Romans tried that and lost their Republic as a result.

    This is not to say that McCain would remotely attempt dictatorship; only that his status as an ex-prisoner does not logically translate into a free ticket to the CEO position for the entire US. The aged war hero must have more qualifications than service in war four decades ago in order to be tapped as the one American, out of 300 million, to serve as President.

    The FIRST qualification for President is total respect for the limitations imposed by the Constitution on the executive. Inasmuch as McCain, through the McCain-Feingold legislation, deprived other Americans of the ability to criticize political candidates, he does not qualify under this all-important criterion.

    January 20, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. Herman P Sperman

    I think Chuck Norris is on to something. Look how much Hillary has aged just campaigning for president. There are better Republican candidates than Hucklebee, though. We don't need another dope from Hope in the Oval Office.

    January 20, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. Noah Combovers

    McCain may be too old. However he doesnt wear a bad toupee like Chuck Norris. Next thing they will be saying is Jesus is too old, too.

    January 20, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. E. C., Houston, Texas

    McCain may be a few years older than Chuckie Boy Norris, but AT LEAST....he doesn't wear a REALLY, REALLY BAD TOUPEE like Chuckie..........and show his Backside in shorts trying to Exercize to look Younger! At Least.........John McCain is TRUE TO HIMSELF, and that's a better WIN than being a Loser BAD Actor for 30 years!

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