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. James Baton Rouge, LA

    Yet another hollywood buffoon speaks out. You need to consider the source plus the fact that he supports a liberal doofus from Arkansas. McCain's just an old, angry, short man and unworthy of a vote regardless of his age. A definite shortage of good candidates on the Republican side and not a one worth a bucket of dung on the democrat side. God help us...

    January 20, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Darrell Marlatt

    How sad is the political process in our country when people actually listen to Chuck Norris for their political decisions. I pray for us as a country.

    January 20, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Jose Card - Independent

    It will be detrimental for McCain to pick Huckabee as his V.P. on the ticket.
    Huckabee is more suitable in God's House than in or near the White House.

    McCain's mother is 95 years old and still beaming.
    Reagan was 70 for his first term. Age is not the problem.
    What goes on in the head may be a problem at any age.

    If one can take the heat on the campaign trail, it's not a problem for taking the job.
    Fred Thompson acts and looks older than McCain, but he is six years younger.
    Presidency does require lots of energy and McCain has plenty of it.
    Chuck just cannot figure him out.

    January 20, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Gordon Duguay

    Five years of torture as a vietcong prisoner of war .... I think thats proof enough that John McCain can take on at least four years as President of the U.S.A. . What has Chuck Norris done to prove himself ?

    January 20, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. hemmroidlloyd

    Chuck Norris, good grief. The best part these past few weeks is finding out which politically irrelevent celebrity backs which soon to be irrelevent candidate.
    And one previous writer nailed it, if you aren't of the Christian right- listen, as he pointed out the man doesn't believe in evolution- how you could go with Huckabee is beyond me. He's admittedly out of step with present day science, so no thanks. And his religious convictions will hobble his effectiveness, with too many issues that require a balanced view, the ability to adhere to the law, the Constitution- It's the same problem we have with the Islamic fundimentalists, or many other organized religious groups, the refusal- at the risk of abandoning their own beliefs- to accept any opposing venues but their own. If they had it their way we'd be living in a theocracy, like in Iran.
    And personally, I'm sick and tired of the sanctimonious religious right trying to force their so called moral superiority down my country's throat. Give me the candidate that hasn't planned to suck up to them for votes, has qualifying experience, and the guts to speak his mind.
    Let me know when he (she) turns up.

    January 20, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Marti, San Diego CA

    WAKE UP REPUBLICANS! – McAmnesty IS NO CONSERVATIVE. Just look at the exit polls. He can't win conservative voters. How on earth is that supposed to excite the base in November?

    I find it laughable that John says "I know how to fix borders. I'm from a border state." Huh? If you know how to fix them, why haven't you done anything about them? More illegals cross into the US in AZ than any other state in the nation.

    He flipped his finger to the 1st Amendment with that garbage McCain-Feingold legislation he wrote with the Left

    He co-authored the biggest amnesty bill ever with that drunk from the left.....but now wants to flip-flop on that and play word games.

    He voted against the federal ban on gay marriage.

    He voted against the Bush tax cuts twice...but now wants to flip-flop on that issue as well.

    He cost the GOP control of the Senate with that despicable Gang of 14 crap. He wants to tell you how he'll put conservative judges in place and yet he was the ring leader of the very undoing of Bush's attempts to put conservative judges in place.

    Again I say, McAmnesty is no true conservative. The GOP can't trust him.

    January 20, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Jim W.

    I am sure Mr. Norris has studied this theory extensively, and offers it to us without prejudice. Why isn't he talking about the proposed $20 Billion arms deal we are cooking up with the Saudis....

    Why aren't these people talking about the weak dollar and the loads (and loads and loads) of US Dollars the Chinese, Saudis, Dubai and others have, and are poised to buy into our CitiGroup, Bears Stearn, Goldman Sachs, etc.

    Let's demand some intelligence be put into this campaign.

    John McCain is too old, Chuck Norris says. Like anyone gives a s- – – about what Chuck Norris has to say.

    January 20, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Angry White Male

    Who cares what a dried-up cult hero action star has to say? I certainly don’t.

    Ronald Alzheimer was 69 or 70 when he became president; I guess Chuck has nothing to say about that.

    This is a good example of how desperate the Huckabee campaign is. He lost in South Carolina, one of the biggest Bible-thumping states in the entire country; if he loses *there,* how the hell is he going to win anywhere else?

    Norris pretends to be a hero. McCain is a hero.

    McCain/Lieberman 2008!

    January 20, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    I think McCain will lose if he is the nominee. His base is the neo-con conservatives who got us into this unpopular war. I think that Clinton would really hand it to him. And for all who think age wont play a factor in this, think again. Look for a Clinton-McCain matchup to go strongly along gender lines........

    January 20, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Mike T

    I guess Chuck Norris doesn't remember Ronald Reagan?? Was he "too old", too, Chuck? He was one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century. Go pound sand, Chuck.

    January 20, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Ann Evans

    I like mcain as the more fit for the job as president, except for his age.
    He have more experience in the government than any other canidate, But his age is a big determent for the job as president for me.

    January 20, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. gladys

    It's not McCain's age, it's his hot-headed temperament that is troubling.

    January 20, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. KATHY NAIL

    WHO CARES HOW OLD CHUCK NORRIS IS. HE IS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW MCCAIN IS TO OLD TO RUN. HE IS NOT TRYING TO RUN HIMSELF. HE IS RIGHT AND HUCKAEE WOULD BE A GOOD PRESIDENT.

    January 20, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. JJ

    If Pope Benedict can oversee a church of over one billion at age 82...then McCain is certainly not too old to be CEO of the USA.

    January 20, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Wes

    With the problems facing this country before this election year is finished we will be in desperate need of someone smart and decisive. Romney has two advanced degrees from a real university, is an experienced, proven leader, has excellent business sense and is the only candidate in both parties who could save this country from itself. When the voters get over the religious bigotry and start to think for themselves the only rational choice is Mitt Romney.

    January 20, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. BertBell

    This coming form a 67 year old exercise equipment spokesman.

    January 20, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Ally Isname

    what an ageist moron.
    too many karate chops to the head over the years, chuck –
    clearly – you're the one who should be put out to pasture.
    i'm voting democrat anyway –
    but that bigotry shouldn't be tolerated on either side of the aisle.
    hope huckabee denounces it – or he's a putz too.

    January 20, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Jorge

    John McCain demonstrates the best command of both domestic and foreign policy issues of all the candidates in the field. Also, he has a proven record of reaching across the aisle to Democrats who share his good will in keeping America moving forward. I believe that one just needs to see and listen closely to the clarity and conviction with which he expresses himself, whether you agree with him or not, to know that he is not "too old" for the job.

    In fact, Chuck Norris and other Huckabee supporters ought to ask themselves why their candidate sounds like a Fodor's or AAA tourist travel book when asked to describe his knowledge of current, foreign hot-spots such as Pakistan and Iran. In a recent televised interview, Huckabee was asked to describe what he knew about Pakistan to which he could only respond with some of the basic facts you would find in a tourist travel book - population, religious and ethnic majority, etc. In light of current world events as well as social and economic challenges at home, America needs the steady and experienced hand of John McCain, not Mike Huckabee on training wheels reading the travel book prior to state visits with Putin, Musharraf, etc.

    January 20, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. JC in IL

    It's sad that people despise Romney because he is Mormon. You may not know, but Glenn Beck is Mormon. Larry King is Jewish – I think – and his wife is Mormon. Should CNN treat Mormons more fairly? So far they haven't. CNN ignored Romney's Wyoming and Nevada wins and discredits his victories every chance they get. Look beyond the smoke in mirrors and examine the issues. The next President should be elected not for a popularity contest.

    January 20, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. SHAZBOT!

    I'm a democrat, but unfortunately I have to support Huckabee, even though I don't agree with any of his opinions. Whatever Chuck Norris says goes. The last thing I want is the wrath of Chuck.

    January 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Paul Christison

    Any support I might have had for Huckabee dissolved after Chuck Norris' ageist comment. He's a looser who hocks cheap fitness gear and cheap politicians. Chuck Norris criticizing John McCain? Give me a break! No one over 60 ought to even consider voting for Huckabee for letting this one pass. Drop him like a sweaty headband!

    January 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. RandyT, Denton, TX

    Not being a Republican, I don't care who they nominate. However to insult a hero such as McCain to promote Hillbilly-Huckabee is at best shameful.

    Like another commenter said they seem to forget their hero RR was 70 when he started.

    January 20, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. David

    Chucks just mad that Mccain still has his own hair and Chucks stuck with that lousy toupee!

    January 20, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. Rod

    Romney Fans – All Mitt does is TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT to HEAR.
    He's just like Slick, a Used Car Salesman.

    I'm not a McCain fan, but he doesn't tell you a bunch lies.

    McCain has had a lot of years to work on most of the problems already and what did he accomplish? It'll be the same old GRIDLOCK with him in Office.

    The man that leads this country needs to be on his knees every day praying for wisdom and seeking guidance from the Creator. Huck is the right man.

    January 20, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. Jon, Charlotte NC

    to all of you pointing to Reagan's presidency as an example, that just proves Chuck's point. Reagan was virtually incapable of the office in the last few years of his second term due to his old age.

    Huckabee, on the other hand, is a clown.
    Doesn't believe in evolution, believes that homosexuality is comparable to bestiality and pedophilia, wants to change the Constitution to make it look more like the Bible (yes he said this a couple days ago, and no the media has not covered it aptly)... etc, etc.

    January 20, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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