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. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Hope Huckabee falls flat really soon....and some fellow Democrat should send him the name of a Really Good Dentist!

    January 20, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Ryan Falk

    John Mccain might be old, but he's definitely better than any other Republican candidate, and according to CNN, he has the best chance of beating a Democrat. Enough said.

    January 20, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. TommyD

    It depends on the person but McCain does not impress me in the least in his public appearances. He appears OLD, His speech process appears difficult for him to express himself clearly, of course if a person is continually Changing his positions every week I guess it Might be hard to remember exactly what he stands for.

    He IS a War Hero no if ands or buts... He is NOT Presidential material.
    It is just unfortunate how unInformed the majority of American voters really are. Most of us will do more research deciding what kind of Flat Screen TV to buy than on who to vote for President.
    Then again finding the TRUTH IS Difficult given how much flat out lying goes on in todays politics.

    January 20, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. SarahB

    I always suspected that Chuck Norris was an idiot, but now it's confirmed. I'm not a McCain fan, and even I'm offended!

    January 20, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Drew

    Mr. Norris, that is a disgusting and disgraceful tactic that you are using.

    John McCain is a man who will serve this country honorably and move it forward, unlike the disgrace to this country that is Mike Huckabee.

    At least he leaves his Bible thumping hatred tendencies at home.

    I hope Mr. Norris realizes what he has done, or more who he has endorsed, and stay out of politics for good, for he obviously knows nothing. Mike Huckabee isn't even running for president, he's running for head baptist minister.

    Mr. Huckabee, I hope you suffer a horrible defeat and go preach your "Christian" hatred to the only people who can tolerate you, the other hate filled evangelicals who are ruining not only this country, but the credibility of religion.

    January 20, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. John Doh

    Invasion of the evil knee slapping
    inside joke doll people.
    Ol' Huck must not have focus
    grouped people being turned off

    January 20, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. John Graves

    and the Hucksteer is too much a socialist with his love of taxes and illegals

    January 20, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Patty, somewhere

    When are the media going to take the things this candidate and his supporters say seriously? You want to keep manufacturing racial and gender issues but it is time you started talking about the stupidit , religious and truth card
    This man just said that he called and congratulated McCain for a clean campaign and that is what he (Huckabee)wants to be known for – running a clean campaign and not attacking his opponents.....meanwhile he has some group flooding the state with hateful robocalls against McCain on his behalf and now uses Norris to also raise the issue of age and then again deflects with a joke rather than denouncing it.
    He stood there on TV as well and was filmed saying if you are not going to vote for me stay home and watch cartoons.
    Where was the outcry when he went shooting and committed the ultimate sin of shooting over the heads of the reporters? Where was the outrage when he pointed to the three birdsd he bagged and said this is what happens if you don't vote for me? What about him trying to constantly deflect from answering outright questions at debates or on TV interviews and reporters etc. letting him get away with it?
    What about his constant attempts at funny one liners which are disdainful and denigrating to his opponents and calling him on them rather than laughing?
    How about you really cover what this preacher will do if he gets near the White House. To me that is much more scary and worrying than McCain's age.

    January 20, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. Truethis

    That was so....ugly to say. He could've kept that to himself. Boy we going to hear this dumb comment through out the media all........week. I think Huckabee takes this as a joke. He's looking for fan more than being the next president.....so I can't take him serious. But boy did you just dig yourself a ditch by talking about that man's age......basically you disrespect his civil rights.

    January 20, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Serge

    Chucky has no right to be commenting on McCain's age. Experience that Mc has is a lot more imprtant thing than anything Hyckabee can offer.

    January 20, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Michael

    Unbelievable that the once mighty USA listens to a fake. This guy is a "B" actor and he's not even a good one. He makes political pronouncements that make news? God help us all. What have we come to?

    January 20, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Jim

    This nation needs McCain. The old 70 is now the new 60. Obama is too young. I'm for McCain. I don't take my marching orders from Limbaugh and his kind. They are all phonies who avoided miltary service and now are loud mouth chicken hawks.

    I will write McCain's name in on the ballot, if he is not the nominee.

    MCCAIN 2008.

    January 20, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. J.Martin

    Tell Chuck Norris to go sell Toyota Trucks and stay out of politics.If he is considered an actor I,m sure McCaine will do ok.

    January 20, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Brian

    I think McCain's age is a legitimate issue. But the manner in which Huckabee raised the issue – by putting it into the mouth of a surrogate – just further underlines the preacher's lack of character.

    He wants the benefit of raising the issue, without having to take responsibility for being the guy who decided to make it an issue.

    January 20, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. adc

    McCain is a time bomb ready to explode. He has no clear perspective of how things SHOULD function inside the Washington beltway in order to be effective. He has been a close buddy to other senators and the good ole boys club continues to muddy the waters of progress at the national level. Aside from being a POW during the Vietnam War, what has he really accomplished as a US Senator. Now he claims he is responsible and attempts to take credit for the surge in Iraq. Of course, this claim to fame is shallow at best and shows is stunted maturity. How rediculus can one pwrson be, thinking thee American public is so stupid to see the light. McCain is definitly an insider who can not see the light of day and the countries needs and preferred direction to follow.

    January 20, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. TeH Lou

    Chuck Norris will just roundhouse anyone that stands in his way. True story.

    January 20, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Spanieluvr

    For someone who prides himself on kicking high in fantasy, Chuck Norris aims pretty low in real life. Then again, kicking people in the head isn't really higher than kicking people where he just kicked McCain, is it?

    January 20, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Tim Musser

    Hey Chuck! How old was Reagan when he took the oath of office? When you start projecting the life span of someone it really reflects poorly on just how much you have grown as a person. When do you think you will die?

    January 20, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. john mcandrews

    Chuck should stick to what he knows best, pretending to be a hero.

    January 20, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  20. thomas, Houston

    It seems like the republican party would have learned a lesson after the failure of the current administration... Let the fundamentalists choose your candidate and you are asking for a catastrophe.

    January 20, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. Steve

    This is insane. Its bad enough the people of this country care at all which candidate a celebrity endorses. Being an actor or an athlete does not mean you are qualified to dispense political advice. Personally I think Chuck Norris should be ashamed of himself. I think it really goes to show that the Huckabee camp realizes it can't win on the issues alone. Sorry Huck the evangicals and born-agains aren't going to be enough to get you the nomination. For once we are going to have an election where the far left (Clinton) and right (Bush) both lose out and we get a true moderate candidate (McCain). John McCain would bring logic and reason back to Washington. He is the only candidate capable of bringing both sides of the isle to the table and actually accomplishing something that matters in the White House.


    P.S. John, nobody mentioned that Ron Paul is 72 because he has no shot at winning the nomination much less ending up in the White House (unless he takes the tour). The man is as radical as they come with ideas no congress would support in a hundred years.

    January 20, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. tim droz

    Norris and Huckabee are a couple of clowns. Who would they have as a VP, Jed Clampett???

    January 20, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. james

    I am just amazed at how inept the media is, do you mean to say that the media would dare lend credibility to Chuck Norris’ credentials in the Science of Aging. Wow and I was convinced that out of respect for the 1st Amendment the “main stream” press actually did some “due diligence” in the investigation of the sources of the information they publish. I guess Chuck has displayed the abilty to complete his goals, but how many takes (for the media tries on film) did he require?

    Chuck you no talent azz-hole join the real “Rangers” and get a life. We, the rest of the US, ignore jokes like you!

    January 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Wayne of Olympia

    Another low cheap shot from Huckabee...and he is supposed to be a Baptist minister? I believe it will boomerang on him as it has in the past.

    January 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Phil S.

    Huckabee just lost my support for Norris's comments about John Mc Cain. Nothing more to be said.

    January 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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