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. shannon

    does Huckabee have a comb over?

    January 21, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. wade griffiths

    chuck's hair color looks "natural" what a couple of clowns!

    January 21, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. C-dog

    Is 70 too old to run for office? Well, someone said Ronald Reagan was 70 years old when he was elected president.... did you see how the office treated him..

    January 21, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. Jesse

    Mccain is too old. It's not about age discrimination. It's keeping in mind that we're electing a president for the next 4 years. What is the average life expectency for a male? I'm not saying that he is going to drop over in office; however, he is likely to start losing some mental faculties. There is nothing wrong with taking into account Mccain's age.

    January 21, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Mikey

    Has Chuckie looked in a mirror lately? Exactly what does a bad, washed-up actor have to say about politics? Sure, it's his right to say it, but nobody has to listen to him or his cracker-boy candidate.

    January 21, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Kelly

    I worked on "Walker, Texas Ranger" with Chuck Norris and his boob brother. That's when he hooked up with his bible-thumping girlfriend, who became his bible-thumping wife. He was and probably still is a vain fool. It looks as if all that has changed is he's more wrinkly and his toupee and dye job has gotten worse. Is it just me or does Huckabee look like Gomer Pyle in that photo? It worries me that there might be Americans out there who give some credence to what he says. I hope Americans can make up their own mind without listening to the likes of Norris, Oprah, Streisand, Spielberg, Penn, Osmond, Sajak and anyone from Desperate Housewives. And since when did people take political advice from Ted Nugent? And the world continues to laugh at us. Chuck Norris needs to go back to hawking his little gym thing. All of those other so-called celebrities really need this writer's strike to end!

    January 21, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. scott

    People can say all they want about how screwed up the Canidates are and how we need a YOUNG,Strong, Intelligent, Fiscally Conservative in the White House.

    The fact of the matter is we as a whole do not have the guts to stand up and
    throw all of the idiots out of Washington and start fresh. How long has people like Kennedy, Kerry and others been in Washington. It wouldn't matter who you put into the White House they are so intrenched into the system you can't get around them. Plus Fiscally Conservative means STOP SPENDING.

    Not the CLINTON Idea of I'll make up a budget So large and make sure that we don't spend it all, but actually spend 15% more than we did last year and say we had BUDGET SURPLUS. Once again Lying to the PUBLIC...... The Moral to this story Get RID OF THEM ALL send a message to the new ones fix it or your out too.. NOT all CONGRESS and SENATORS were Millionaires when they got there, but they all are when they leave.... what do you think about that for a public servant..

    January 21, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Drew, Collierville, TN

    John McCain's time to run for the Presidency has passed. His time would have been 1992, but he knew it was too soon after his membership in the "Keating 5." As chief enabler for, and campaign fund recipient of a white collar crook who bilked billions from the nest eggs of thousands of retirees and honest investors, McCain had to first obscure his sins by crusading for Campaign Finance Reform. Enter McCain-Feingold, the most blatant abridgement of free speech of our generation and a perfect example that 2 wrongs never make a right.

    McCain cannot and should not be the nominee of the GOP. He is trying, once again, to obscure past trangressions such as voting against the President's tax cuts twice, McCain-Kennedy Immigration Act, the Gang of 14, carrying the torch for Al Gore's Global Warming cult, and hindering the war on terror by preventing effective interrogation techniques against unlawful combatant terrorists.

    Not until Romney, Huckabee or Guilani points out that voting with liberals is instinct for McCain will he be derailed for the nomination. Problem is, the mainstream media is carrying his water to such an extent that any honest recall of his record is labeled an "attack." They are trying to fool the GOP faithful into supporting him because they know he won't stand a chance in the General Election against anyone to the right of Dennis Kucinich.

    January 21, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Carlos

    Mr Karate!!! If age is the most important thing for you in a candidate, than go for Obama...

    January 21, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. Ron

    sorry Chuck...but a vote for Huckabee, to me is a vote for the Christian Right and another huge step towards a theocracy. Don't need or want either.
    Huckabee doesn't have the knowledge or experience to deal with the office of Presidency. Plus, with is pandering to the rr, he's automatically off my list for President. I choose to think for myself.

    January 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    To Kadee from 1/20 @ 11:57pm:
    Being 'only 4 years younger' is a LOT of years in that age group. That's an entire term of the Presidency.
    Plus, McCain would be STARTING his term at the age Reagan ended his first term. At the last 1/2 of Reagan's second term, he wasn't doing well at all. It was lightly hidden from us in those days.
    Go find out some behind the scenes history, Ronnie was a great guy and the BEST President for that time. But at the age of mid-70-'s, when Alzheimer's kicks in, there's nothing you can do to stop it.
    Our country deserves a President that can run for 2 full terms in optimum mental and physical health and at an age that doesn't present the possibility a downward spiral of ill health due to age.
    Marrying someone 20 yrs younger than you does NOT make you 20 yrs younger!
    McCain's chance was in 2000 and he missed it. There's no going back and this election can NOT be about revenge.

    January 21, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. Jackson

    McCain may be old ... but Huckabee is NOT going to win ... and even Chuck Norris won't make that happen!

    McCAIN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. cscrcomstock

    When in the heck did anyone tell a has been non-actor like Chuck Norris that he is intelligent enough to have an opinion? I am not sure who I will vote for, but Chuckie has no business making comments like that about a man who has always been an honor to his country. Chuckie however, only knows how to kung fu you when it's staged in his favor.

    January 21, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. Conservative4Life, USA

    "I believe my party has gone astray. I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy." - John McCain

    January 21, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. Ron

    Kate – your Mitt will be destroyed soon enough. Winning his birth state and getting out the Mormon vote in Nevada doesn't quite cut it. If you really think that flip flopping clown has a chance in h#ll in the South I've got a bridge to sell you.

    January 21, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  16. Mrs. America

    It's not politically correct to point out age, but Norris is right about this one. That won't help Huckabee though because Huckabee has already turned off most non-evangelicals by wanting to turn the U.S. into a Christian government, which is like Islamic law in Arab nations. I sure don't want my government stuffing Christianity down my throat any more than the Arabs like Bush pushing democracy on the other side of the world. Well, it's a non-issue. Huckabee's about gone, so we'll just see how McCain does. Probably not well.

    January 21, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  17. Pizza

    Wow Chuck, isn't that the pot calling the kettle old!!!!

    January 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. girrlgil, sanfrancisco

    Chuck Norris and Mr H are very funny. I just couldn't resist laughing. Chuck is right. If the democrat don't start behaving well, my one vote is going for Mr H.

    January 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  19. Jeff

    McCain's schedule would probably place most of the naysayers leaving a comment here in the hospital. Age is only a problem when it cripples the mind and body. Age has not done that to McCain.

    January 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  20. Pizza

    Oh wait I got another one:

    Let's have a campaign for irrelevance,

    Chuck Norris you win!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  21. Graham

    "Norris, an ardent supporter of Mike Huckabee, told reporters he believes serving as president accelerates the aging process 3-to-1."

    Well, Chuck Norris can spout out random stats like that, but I'm fairly certain he's not a scientist.

    January 21, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Don't worry, Chuck. I'm sure John McCain will not exploit for political gain his opponent's youth and inexperience.

    Yes, I just dropped the Ronald Reagan bomb. Keep your hair on.

    January 21, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    "Honor over hypocrisy win every time!"

    If wishing made it so. For once, it appears it has.

    January 21, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Dale

    Once again the news pays more attention to an over payed ignorant actor then they do the real news...I guess will will have to read & listen to an uneducated Tom Cruise next, another high school drop out who has an opinion like most in Hollywood we could care less about..Will someone tell these losers to please stick to acting!

    January 21, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Ven

    Chuck is right...McCain is too old to be a president. How could people elect McCain as a Nominee when he is already in Washington and not being able to do anything to bring about CHANGE in the governement spendings or on Immigration policy. McCain SHOULD NOT be our president in any circumstances. The situation in America would be even more worse if McCain is elected.

    Huckabee has the best policies on Immigration and Fair tax plan. I would weigh him the best among the Repblican candidates.

    January 21, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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