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. Rob

    Chuck's time is over. He's been overtaken by age and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he would have gotten his butt kicked quickly. He's a has-been trying to keep his name in the media, no doubt so he can sell more overpriced exercise machines.

    Not to mention his all too common celeb arrogance which leads him to believe that he knows more about who we should vote for than we do.

    Mr Norris: you're dead – get in the grave! Or shut the hell up.

    January 20, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Who cares what Chuck Norris thinks?! (btw, he may not be "old", but I'm betting he's been kicked in the head one too many times)

    January 20, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. Bob Graham/Las Vegas

    Romney ? Romney ? I did look at hime , he flips he flops , he looks totally plastic and as though he could have a temper all might feel if he is elected . John McCain is not too old , as with age comes wisdom . I am however worrid about the growth on his cheek . Like I say , age does not disqualify a good candidate for they will have the wisdom to choose a fine vice president for any eventuallity . I won't vote for McCain for many other reasons , to include his acceptance of favored stature while a POW and his less than acceptable stance on immigration problems we face .

    January 20, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Steve

    Why would someone write this article and not point out that Chuck Norris himself is 67 years old? Chuck Norris is the last person I'd turn to for advice on age-appropriate behavior, since he's an AARP-aged action star married to a woman 30 years his junior.

    January 20, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. FF


    When Chuck speaks, I listen. I just hope he can reveal more revelations. He is so insightful. Does he think anyone else is too old? I so want to know. I wonder if he thinks Regan is too old? No wait, he's dead.

    January 20, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. Taylor Cambell

    Chuck Norris is correct. Perhaps he should have worded it differently but any thinking person knows what he meant. There is only one candidate who stands in a class all of his own and is immensely qualified. He will be President, if not this election cycle...a future one, Governor Mike Huckabee. No one running can even be compared to him. When people learn the full truth about him and stop listening to all the nonsense the media is dishing out....this comment section (if preserved for history) will look sooooooo stupid it will be comical.

    January 20, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Manny

    I've seen Chuck Norris in person, he's about 4'8" and has very bad breath, along with a few boogers stuck in his mustache hairs.

    January 20, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. amen, Jake

    That isn't even Chuck Norris talking. That's Ed Rollins, pushing hatemail through a safe mouthpiece. I wish Chuck hadn't let himself be used that way. Now Chuck will have to be looking over his should lest McCain drop him with a roundhouse.

    For real, that attack is b.s. McCain has been more vigorous than men 15-20 years his junior since he was in his forties. And it's even more messed up that it came from a fellow republican. The guy (McCain) is likely to be the party's nominee, so the other candidates might not want to smear him.

    January 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Peggy

    McCain is a true American hero. Chuck Norris made a career out of pretending to be half the man McCain is. Reagan was one of the best presidents of modern time, and some considered him too old. I'll support an old American hero over posers like Norris or Hucklebee any day.

    McCain is a uniter, and tells it like it is. He knew we needed more troops in Iraq to stabilize the peace and he was right. He understands that unchecked government spending got us into the current economic woes we are now facing. I only wish the Republicans had the courage to elect him 8 years ago, and we would not be in the mess we are currently facing.

    He is the most middle of the road canidate in a field polarizing haters. The fact that super conservatives like the drug addict radio announcers don't like him, make me like him more.

    January 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. John G

    Well so much for rule number 5 of (67 year old) Chuck Norris' personal code/rules of Chun Kuk Do (yes folks he invented a martial art..sort of) Rule 5 states

    If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.

    January 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Clive

    This is disgraceful stuff, really. Imagine someone saying that in the UK or Australia – they would be torn to pieces. What on earth has Chuck Norris got to do with the election anyway? A man who is clearly not adverse to the surgeon’s knife or a needle or ten around the eyebrows shouldn’t be making age an issue. Absolutely shocking – and leaving aside that was he actually says about aging ‘3 to 1’ in the Presidency is barking mad anyway…

    You can bet your life that Huckerbee has promised to make Norris his running mate if he wins the primaries…I watched ‘Delta Force’ on TV the other night and was quickly reminded what a truly diabolical actor Norris is. He makes Schwarzeneger look like Dustin Hoffman for crying out loud. . For no other reason that that he should be banned from politics. Imagine it – Chuck Norris as Vice President – if we thought Bush’s lot were bad…stand by…a fundamentalist Christian who believes the world was made in 6 days, 6000 years ago and that people with Aids should be ‘quarantined’ as President and a washed-up martial arts champion come 4th rate, botoxed ‘actor’, who’s last gig (and probably his best performance) was selling ‘ab-blasters’ on TV in the small hours of the morning, as his Vice President…looks like Bush and Cheney could be just the warm up act for these two clowns after all…unbelievable.

    January 20, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I would have voted for MAC in 2000 had he won the nomination. However I am outraged at the way in which the Bushies treated him during that period. But not as outraged as I am about the way MAC has bowed and kissed the bootie of the Bushies ever since. I voted for Gore in 2000 and will for a Dem again this time too.

    January 20, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. Kaydee

    Reagan was 69 when he was elected–only 4 years younger than McCain. And he not only "lasted" for two terms, he thrived! Age is not a factor here. Experience, intelligence and character are what counts.

    McCains has those in spades. Huckabee...well, that remains to be seen, doesn't it? Who had heard of him prior to a year ago?

    January 20, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Kate

    David- the only reason you dems want McCain is because he's one of you. None of his policies are conservative in the slightest. At best he's a liar, at worst he would tear down this country faster than George W. We need someone with good business sense to run this country, not a schmuck who has been a part of tearing it down! GO MITT '08.

    January 20, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Roger

    McCain wrote and supported the Ted "Splash" Kennedy Shamnesty Bill, the McCain-Feingold Bill, was a member and driving force behind the "Rogue 14 Senators" and wants to leave USA borders open and close Gitmo because he was tortured over 30 years ago. Joe Lieberman, (I-D), CT supports him over the field of Democrat candidates, in which party he formerly belonged. What part of 'Liberal RINO' don't people who are voting for McCain understand?

    Unlike MCain, the American public does not want Shamnesty for illegal immigrants at a ratio of 85% to 15%, so the only reason Mccain is doing well is most likely voter fraud by Democrats trying to sabotage the Republican party nomination by voting in Republican primaries.

    January 21, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. char

    I am a 66 yr old woman and I do not want an old man or a fraud for our President. I usually vote for Republicans, but I will vote for any nominee the Democrats choose if McCain is the Republican nominee. How dare the media and the powers that be shove him down our throat.

    I have been a born-again Christian for many years but I have the good sense to know that even Satan can quote the Bible ....so being a Bible thumping candidate does not impress me either.

    There are many wolves in sheep clothing and McCain and Huckabee are Democrats masquerading as Republicans. I'd rather vote for the real thing than a fraud.

    January 21, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. Dave

    It's a concern of course. Reagan was in early stages of dementia during his second term. Of course having a president with inadequate intellect has been rather damaging. At least McCain says what he thinks and believes and doesn't change with the wind. Chuck Norris made some really bad movies. He is an evangelical and he makes a living selling fitness equipment. Sorry Chuck stick to fitness.

    January 21, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. Ryan Bullock

    Is this all you people have time to report on? Im so ashamed of all you media people. Why dont you focus on some issues. You like to stereotype the candidates and the people that vote for them and are always looking for a story.
    Lou Dobbs gripes and makes a blanket statement about how none of the candidate say anything about education this week....unbelievable. How can he miss Huckabee taking arkansas schools from 49th to 8th? Easy, cause THIS is the kind of junk that these people like to report on to get people roused up.
    Let Chuck Norris say whatever he wants to! Its a free country. He wasnt trying to insult John McCain or anything...Just expressing his concerns.
    Quit trying to crucify Mike Huckabee and anybody connected to his campaign by scrapping up any words he says and blowing them up to try and make a story.

    I love it when Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert call you on all of your rash and silly statements. If anything is offensive its YOU people who claim to keep people honest. Who's keeping you guys honest? And HOW in the world did you let Romney get by with ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! day of coverage on his Martin Luther King LIE....when you spend two freakin weeks on Hilary and Obama and the racism thing. Unbelievable. Keepin them HONEST HUH? Something like that shouldve been eaten up for weeks and months by you people, but I guess you can forgive lying a whole lot easier than you can forgive a guy for being a Christian.

    January 21, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Bob C

    This country needs a libertarian president who will lead us to moderate isolationism. That includes:

    1. Defend our borders and enforce the immigration laws until and unless they are changed. Promise utter destruction to any group or country that attacks us.

    2. Trade with other countries on equal terms with neutral balance of payments.

    3. A strong military to defend ourselvesbut don't go anywhere without strong international support for a cause that is in our interests. Let the European countries and Japan pay for their own defense.

    4. Achieve energy independence based on development of our own energy resources of coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and renewables, but without subsidy to prop up uncompetitive approaches.

    5. Eliminate all government support toable-bodied people who won't work. Enforce a "no work – no eat" policy.

    January 21, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. Judeanne

    Norris is slamming someone about age? A guy who obviously colors his hair and has either plugs or a bad, bad wig. Not to mention the fact that his career is built on the corpse of Bruce Lee. Is this a move to revive his career because I don't know that Norris has a leg to kick with when it comes to political opinions.

    January 21, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. J

    Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris are both to stupid to do anything. John McCain is in better mental shape than both Huckabee or Norris.

    January 21, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. Paul

    I am no fan of any Republican but I find it laughable that Norris, a person who cannot act, wears a toupee, dyes his facial hair, and pretends to be a fitness buff, so as to sell useless exercise junk, has the gall to say someone is unfit for anything because of his/her age.
    He is unfit for anything except commercials that try to persuade the gullible that, if they buy the junk he promotes, they will become fit as a fiddle.
    He should stay in Texas where he belongs and shut his painted pie hole!
    That his opinion is even a news item is disgusting!

    January 21, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  23. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'll take a battle-scarred military veteran and POW over an overzealous religious zealot with no national, let alone international, knowledge whatsoever any day! being a preacher holds little weight in the international or domestic arena, for that matter.

    Honor over hypocracy wins every time!

    January 21, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  24. Joe

    Look at McCain's life. Against all odds he has triumpt against a lot of adversities including surviving a disaster in the military that left over a hundred people dead. If he can survive something like that then I'm sure that he can survive the presidency.

    January 21, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. HH USA

    I am not a McCain supporter by ANY means, but it is wrong to consider his age as a factor in not choosing him. The older, experienced members of society have much to offer and we should be eager to listen and maybe, in some cases, learn. This is an unfair attack on him. I am voting for Hillary, but I respect John.

    January 21, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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