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. katrina

    Independent of McCain's age issue, I'm noticing that Huckabee portrays himself as the nice "Christian" candidate, but he sure does surround himself with people who will do his dirty work for him – Chuck Norris and Ed Rollins. His target is usually Romney.

    January 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. Lyle

    Chuck Norris is an idiot! His behavior is what you'd expect from a mucel head!

    January 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. DAN

    McCain , is a real life hero and will be around a long time after your fake ass is gone...I have lost any respect I ever had for you chuckie....

    January 20, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. sk

    Huckabee is a no body. THe religious right will be the death of the republican party. Most republicans will vote for the republican candidate regardless. It is always up to the independents and most of them are scared of some bible thumping looney. Vote for McCain if you want to give the party a shot against Clinton or Obama. Huckabee doesnt stand a chance against either one. I am fairly politically astute and I didn t even know who Huckabee was. You may as well not vote if he or Romney win the primary.

    January 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. DM

    Hey Norris...stop using the Grecian Formula and let those gray hairs shine. You are an old geezer too I guess at nearly 68. Geesh what a moron ...its really about what is in between the ears...case in point - Dubya...

    January 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. Harry Toder

    Huckabee should have disowned Norris's comment about McCain's age immediately. First of all, it was absurd, and secondly the fact that he did not will backfire on his candidacy, I predict.

    January 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. Jack

    I thought we were voting issues, not age. Nobody can say when anybody will die. McCain may die the second day, so might Hillary, or Obama, Edwards, Huckabee, Norris. If you say you want to vote issues, but then look at age, I'm sorry, it's hypocritical. Age has nothing to do with ability to lead in times of war. In other words, it's superficial, it's stupid, and Huckabee suddenly realized that he's not going to win because he's an Arkansas Christian Preacher man.

    January 20, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. Marti, San Diego CA

    In addition to being too old. He's simply too liberal.

    Conservatives haven't voted for McAmnesty in a single state yet.

    This garbage that McAmnesty is the only won who can win in Nov is utter rubbish. He can't excite, much less unify and rally, his own party. They don't trust him…and for good reason. On too many occasions McAmnesty has snubbed his nose at Republican values and Republicans themselves. Why? Because he doesn't truly believe in Republican values. He likes being the "maverick". No thanks. I'd like somebody I can count on.

    January 20, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. Gull

    Stupid and crass -- both Norris and Huckabee. As for the hairdresser reference, wonder if the Huck knows that McCain cannot lift his arms to comb his own hair? Yeah - old war injuries from his crash.

    No matter.

    Neither Huck nor McCain are worthy of the Presidency.

    January 20, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  10. Mitt Romney

    I have to be quite honest. I think this is very discriminatory of both Chuck and Mike. I agree with most people posting here. McCain is not right for the republican party since he walks with a lean to the left and Mr. Huckleberry lacks the intelligence to run this Country. I hear most of you saying that you want the Country's problems solved. This is the exact thing that Mr. Romney has done his entire life....solve problems. He would buy up companies in trouble, address their problems and turn them into profitable companies. Isn't that what we want as a leader, someone who can analyze the problems of our Country and then resolve them. He seems like a man with great integrity. I'm not a mormon, but I have to say that most mormons I know are pretty good people. His being a mormon certainly won't be a deciding factor for me. I have never cared to know what religion a candidate is or how old they are. I just want to know that they have the ability to lead. Shoot, I'd vote for Tom Brady right now if he were political candidate....at least I know that he is a leader. Romney is the only candidate that I see from either side who looks Presidential enough and is smart enough to stand firm with or against other world leaders. Vote Romney 2008 and as a side note....GO PATS!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Jim from KC

    It would seem to me that a man's age is certainly a valid thing to bring up in a presendential race. As far as I am concerned age would be my number one reason for not voting for Obama. He is too young and too inexperienced to hold the job of president in these troubled and dangerous times. There are a host of other reasons, but that is the kindest one, and I also think the age factor that Norris brought up was a kind one as far as McCain is concerned. There are several things that Romney has brought out that certainly aren't kind and in my opinion nasty. He would be devastated by Obama or Hillary either one. He would be a novice trying to get down in the mud with Democrats. As for who is the true Republican, perhaps you all should be looking at the founding of the Republican party and it's roots. It was anything but a conservative party. So what if we have a conservative minority that have run the party for sometime, and some would say they have run it into the ground. There time has come to fish or cut bait. If McCain or Huckabee win this nomination and the old line fiscal conservatives get on board and fight for the party it might be a good time for them to find someplace else to roost.

    January 20, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. Anne

    McCain has been in the Senate for more than 25 years. WHAT has he done for this Country? Where was he when clinton tore apart our military? We need fresh blood in Washington. Someone from outside the beltway. Mitt Romney is a brillant business man. That kind of experience is sorely needed in DC.

    January 20, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Bud Wiser

    McCain is not only too old, he is too leaky. People forget the "Keating 5", and McCain-Feingold. His brainwashing by the Viet Cong has really did him in. Anyone who would vote for such a leaker, deserves Communism.

    January 20, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Steve Blaine Washington

    Why should anyone care what Chuck Norris has to say about anyone? Is he running for President or can"t Huckabee speak for himself anymore?

    January 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Tom, Cville, VA

    Oh puh-leeze. Can the GOP get any more ridiculous? In a weak group of presidential candidates, the one who has the least national appeal now has a washed-up action star doing verbal hit jobs on an opponent who has actually been to war and might have some national electability? But go ahead, beat each other up. That will just make it easier for a Democrat to get elected, which would without a doubt be a major step in the right direction for this country. Unless of course you want more tax relief for the rich, more destruction of the environment, more warmongering, and a continuing march toward theocracy. In that case, Huck's your man!

    January 20, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Darrell

    Who cares what actors political views are. Most of the people in this country should be able to make up their own mind about issues and views. If they are unable to do that then they should not vote.

    January 20, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Sensible Joe

    Chuck Norris was a hack actor. How does this now qualify him as a political pundit pushing a presidential wannabe who freed a rapist against his victims' pleas (who went on to rape and murder again) and covered up an investigation into his 18-year-old son hanging a dog, slitting its throat and stoning it to death while working as a Boy Scout camp counselor? With Christian, family values like that, who needs atheism?

    January 20, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. zachterry

    Chuck Norris has spoken, shut up and believe 🙂

    January 20, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. Justin Jones

    Ok, first off, I'm a Democrat, and won't vote for McCain anyway, but who is Chuck Norris to be calling someone too old ? Least we not forget that McCain diligently served his country, and was a prisoner of war for years ! I seriously doubt the Chuckster or the Huckster have experienced anything a 10th as painful or sacrificed anywhere near as much as McCain. Chuck is worse than a has been. And that shows just how out of touch Huckabee is by having him as a campaign spokesman.

    I'm glad he's doing so bad in the polls, because just like every other so called "preacher" or "evangelist", he's a raging hypocrite and it will be a sad day if anyone ever has to call him Commander in Chief.

    Point being, if you give that much of your life for this country, you should be able to run whether your 52, 72, or even 102. There's an old saying in the Navy; Lead, Follow or Stand Clear. Huckabee needs to reevaluate just how incompetent he is for the job and step aside for a real leader.

    January 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. dadl

    Which medical school did Norris graduate from? Oh, that's right, he didn't! He's a partisan commentator that makes b-movies for a living. Reagan was turned 70 within a month of being sworn in for term 1 and 74 within a month of starting the second term. Is McCain healthier and does he have a better chance of making it through the term? Probably given the advances in medical care. .We should also remember that FDR was limited to a wheel chair and had major coronary problems, yet he was in his 3d term during the significantly higher stress periods of the Great Depression and the Second World War.

    McCain may not be the right guy, but lets at least dispense with "Holiday Inn Express" medical experts like Chuck Norris!

    January 20, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  21. Riley

    Good point James!. Imagine a McCain/Romney ticket...Heart and Halls of business wisdom to right this ship because we know it will take at least two to four terms. No candidate can stand next to McCain w/r to demonstrated commitment (under duress, throughout his life...a great tactical instrument for the short 4-8 year term) and none can stand next to Romney w/r to getting this country back on a real balanced/growing economic keal (a strategic imperative that will take the next 5-11 years following McCain).

    We are staring opportunity in the face...folks should be a little less one-dimensional on this fairway. A statesman who will get us out of the 'sand trap' with a victory and businessman that will build momentum going down the back nine.

    January 20, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Paul

    This disappoints me and lowers my opinion of Chuck Norris. We need brains not brawn. I'll let the record speak for itself. This country is in a hell of a pickle right now. We will need a leader who has as much experience as possible. We don't need some one that will have these wonderful ideas, but has no idea of how to get anything done on the hill. We do not need grid lock again. It seemed that during the last 15 years in everytime a situation would come up John Mcain had the right answer. Why don't we ask Brittney who she likes. In my opinion show biz people are out of touch with reality.

    January 20, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. Bryan from MD

    Thanks for your two cents Chuck but I think I will pass on your advice. Cool dentures though.

    January 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. dave

    racism is looked down on, sexism is looked down on, I guess age discrimination is OK. the comments by people on here shock me.

    January 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. Sean Maguire

    Congratulations to Mike Huckabee for finding perhaps the only quasi-hollywood type whose evangelistic chistian views are as extreme right as his own. chuck norris is a member of prestonwood baptist church in dallas – a mega church with 30,000 plus members and they're about as radically christian (and proud of it), as you can get.

    i'll pass on preacher huckabee thank you.

    if you're a fan abolishing the idea of separation of church and state, mike huckabee is your candidate. you think george bush is polarizing? this huckabee guy makes bush look like a moderate!

    i for one don't need to see a bully pulpit in the whitehouse. had enough of the last eight years with that.

    January 20, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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