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. john

    McCains goal, bomb bomb Iran!

    January 21, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  2. Bob

    America is going to get the leadership it deserves, and it will have no one to blame but itself when the dollar collapses, the illegal aliens destroy the system, and we end up in WW III with no allies. The faster this country hits the curb, the better, because quite frankly I'm tired of trying to reason with you all and walk you through the math.

    January 21, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  3. James

    Huckabee!??? Why would anyone support a man who absolutely as govenor of Arkansas ruined things there, and crushed all the computers when he left office and overspent plus used the staes emergency fund. The last year as govenor he spent not in Arkansas but in Washington hob knobbing. you guys better look at issues ..think for yourself ..research.. and stop being tricked by candidates with nothing to offer but a slick smile!!

    January 21, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. tillzen

    If wouldn't buy a home gym from Chuck Norris, then why would I listen to his deeper thoughts? In the future, when Chuck Norris gets an idea, he should focus intensely, and use every fiber of his being to break a board with his head. This is his gift and his legacy.

    The Republicans slag McCain at their own peril, as it has become clear that NOTHING is out of bounds for Huckebee and Romney. They will take ANY support and say ANYTHING in order to land votes.

    January 21, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  5. Paul Stu

    Mr. Huckabee has a tremendous sense of humor. I love that line about his hair dresser. Is it possible to publish all the jokes of the Huckabee campaign. I would love to read them. His jokes make me feel good.

    God bless....

    January 21, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  6. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    There actually are bigger issues than "abortion" and "gay marriage." These are morality issues that only bother christians. As an atheist and a veteran, these morality issues mean nothing to me, and should be addressed culturally, rather than politically.

    The important issues? Stopping illegal immigration and stopping the iron-fisted foreign policy. Catching bin laden. Most important, shoring up the social security fund from the debacle of American thieves looting it!

    Americans elect criminals. It's high time we stopped.

    January 21, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. Mike VE

    I am voting for MITT ROMNEY!!!!!

    Mitt has not been in Washington for years like John McLaim, Clinton and Obama.

    Mitt has held executive positions as a Govenor and in private business, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim have only worked in Washington they do not have a clue about private business or the American economy.

    Mitt is a conservative that’s why the media hates him; John McLaim is a liberal just look who he associates with Kennedy, Feingold, the gang of 14, ect. and that’s why the media loves John McLaim.

    Mitt is against amnesty for illegal aliens; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Mitt is for tax cuts, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are against tax cuts and want to raise our taxes.

    Mitt is for conservative judges, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for liberal judges.

    Mitt wants to free Americans and American business from the federal government Obama, Clinton and John McLaim want big government and are responsible for big government we have.

    Mitt will fight to protect this country and build a strong military; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim stood by when al-Qaeda attacked our interests in the 1990 and the 1980s.

    Mitt Romney is the right change for America

    Vote for Mitt!!!

    January 21, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. Bo

    Ooops! "Bad company ruins good morals."

    January 21, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  9. Bobby- Arlington VA

    They all suck!

    January 21, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Ian

    Huckabee a conservative? What a joke.

    January 21, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. AliceInFlorida

    Oh, let's face it – as a Hillary supporter, I HOPE Huckleberry gets the GOP nomination

    Thank you, Chucky Boy

    I mean, celebrity endorsements have never meant much – the REST of America knows you are ALL idiots, and in your case, also a has-been

    Give it up, Chuck – your 15 minutes of fame were up like 20 years ago

    However, I DO thank you for maybe the 2 or 3 votes you managed to deliver to that whacko Christian nutball freak


    LOL! Huckleberry would be my FAVORITE for the GOP!

    Since I'm a Hillary Republican

    She'll bury him and the religious nutballs who follow him blindly because either "God" (who speaks to them personally, from what I understand) or their Pastors tell them what to do – and we all SAW what a mess reigious votes cause in this great country with the LAST religious nutball that was elected into office by religious nutballs (with a little help from his brother in Florida the first time – don't let us EVER forget that!)

    Now, McCain SCARES me

    He has a POSSIBILITY of beating my favorite!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for you Republicans – OH PLEASE DO vote for the whacko who wants to rewrite the Constitution according to his idea of God, likes the idea of flying the Confederate flag at government buildings, and equates homesexuality with bestiality

    And I KNOW that not all of the above belongs to Huckleberry (though most of it does)

    SOME of it belongs to the – LOL – OTHER religious idiot, Romney

    ...But I have to say, BOTH of the religious nutballs are interchangeable to me at this point – both the Mormon cultist and the Baptist whacko

    YO! Religious nutballs – why aren't you seeking our current religious nutball's endorsement??????????????

    Thought you ALL flocked together! Under God – LOL!

    Got news for both you kooks – it's the 21st Century; MOST Americans have brains and can think for themselves (except for the religious loony blind sheep ones); women outnumber men in this country; EVERYONE with an ounce of sense is TOTALLY SICK of the last religious nutball idiot elected; even your own DESPERATE party is calling – for – LOL! – "Change" – for good reason, your stupid party has BURIED our ENTIRE country!

    GO, GO, GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can do it!!!!!!

    And, PS, religious nutballs: almost everyone remembers the Clinton years fondly

    Bill is an INCREDIBLE asset!!!!!!!!

    At least we weren't all broke then (except for those who have the right "contacts"), and at least we weren't mired in an unwinnable war

    Our worst problem at that time was that the man cheated on his wife

    I miss the good old days 🙂

    January 21, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Taylor

    I'm a Democrat so I'm not supporting any of the Republican candidates, but I'd much rather have McCain running the country over somone who obviously doesn't remember separation of church and state like Huckabee.

    January 21, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. rw

    Age discrimination should NOT be tolerated in America anymore than sexism or racism are.

    Anyone that practices any of these character flaws is a throw-back. The issue with McCain should be his politics and nothing else. And the problem with Chuck Norris is that he is a boob and an arse.

    January 21, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Chris, Jacksonville


    You make many solid points.

    So of course they have no answers. I believe we absolutely need a solid border/guest worker policy so that the work can be done honestly and ethically and our nation's laws are respected.

    That being said, yes, we could not affod to kick out the illegals.

    They pick the food and work at the slaughterhouses that provide food for all of us.

    Your dinner did not get there by magic, people.

    January 21, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Glenn Laba

    Huck is a nice guy, Romney is a pretentious pretty face...with some decnt ideas. guilani doesn't have a prayer, McCain is a joke.

    The other side...according to history, probably not a black man, or a white woman..would win, much less a catholic, or mormon.

    As far as experience...none have much. Clinton' experience is as an onlooker.
    Obama is too young and inexperienced...and there is so much prejudice out there...mainly amongst the right, so even if some reps would crossover, it wouldn't be for a black person or a woman...much less Bill's wife.

    Put aside everything, and I think in this time and age, Obama would be the best choice.

    He hasn't been in the game long enough to have too many fingers in his pocket.
    He is young with young, fresh ideas.
    He actually can speak our country' s language...ie not GWB speaking.
    He is intelligent.
    The mideastern peeps in charge would actually try negotians with him (Hillary is a woman ...2nd class citizen over there and not even respectable to muslims).

    But, His first name is Obama( and ignorant peeps would say he sounds like another nutcase muslim)...and his middle name is Hussien, so more ignorant peeps would say(Hussien...they're all alike).

    He has a slim chance, but the ignorance in this country is rampant, and if he was by odd chance elected pres, I could almost bet he would be assasinated by one of own ignorant militant groups and we'd be stuck with a blue eyed southern boy who would give us more of the same bs rhtoric.

    Thanks for letting me vent

    January 21, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Ms Falsey Daniels

    it is up to the voters thank you not MR NORRIS

    January 21, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. AliceInFlorida

    "Hee-Haw" has-been Chuck next to "Gomer Pyle" Huckleberry

    PRICELESS picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For everything else, there's MasterCard 🙂

    For REAL – I HOPE TO GOD Huckleberry gets the nomination

    I just downloaded this INCREDIBLE picture

    Know what I named it?

    "Hee-Haw and Huckleberry"

    I want to keep it forever, but I'll pull it out and share if Huckleberry manages the impossible

    EVEN REPUBLICANS couldn't possibly be that stupid....! EVEN GOD couldn't be that stupid!

    Just in case –

    I have this priceless picture:

    "Hee-Haw and Huckleberry"

    January 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Mike T

    "B, Reagan signed into law an amnesty bill as well as 8 straight deficits. "

    I just love how you people re-write history. Look it up. Reagan didn't sign in any deficit. He left Bill Clinton the largest US surplus ever – which Clinton continues to this day to get credit for. And as far as Amnesty – that's the Clintons. Look it up. They signed in NAFTA, expanded H1 and L-1 to allow millions more foreign visa workers, and opened the border.

    Put the blame where it belongs, and give the credit where it is due. Stop re-writing history to suit your political agenda.

    January 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Ian

    How can anyone say that Huckabee is for the middle class? He's probably the worst for voting on raising taxes. Look it up, it's not that hard. I also like his approach on Iraq. "We broke it and now we've got to fix it." Sorry, but a catchy phrase isn't going to solve sh!t.

    January 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. presidentialpeter

    Definately not too old for the White House (i.e. Reagan), but he definately shouldn't be in the White House. All we need in the White House is a man who comes from a family of war junkies. I can admit being biased by basing this off his history, but he is not what this country needs.

    January 21, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. dem in chicago

    Thanks Chuck! Dems will have a new talking point for the general election! "Even Chuck Norris think he's too old.." Silly republicans

    January 21, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Joel

    Does ANYone actually care what Chuck Norris thinks? Good grief, give me a break. The fact that this b-movie, phony kung fu, worst actor in the history of bad acting, Texas Ranger is considered to be an expert in political endorsements is not laughable... it's frightening. It's not surprising to me that the majority of Americans are completely disenchanted by the elections. It's a complete circus act. Huckabee is wearing the top hat. Norris is the bearded woman. Mitt Romney is the clown spraying water through his lapel flower. Meanwhile, the poor beaten Elephants dance in the background. This is America, ladies and gentlemen. Step right up and get your tickets.

    January 21, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Ron

    Chuckie is a senior citizen...He's 67.
    67 is to old to be a macho cowboy karatie actor.
    When Huck drops out , Chuckie will start to
    advertise geritol or adult diapers.

    January 21, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Missmarple

    Why isn't Huckabee's wife making any speeches in support of her husband? All I see of her is standing behind Huck in some God-Awful outfit with no change in expression. This might be our First Lady? Perish the thought.
    I have also been concerned about McCain's selection for VP if he gets the nomination. I have heard both Lieberman or Huckabee. Both would be a disaster for America – given McCain's age and health.

    January 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Chris, Fairfax, VA.

    The only reason Huckabee was able to revitalize his campaign is because of Chuck Norris. And the only reason people started making Chuck Norris jokes was because Conan O'Brien started using the Walker Texas Ranger Lever a couple years back. (Even if the "Chuck Norris' Facts" are more well-known now, it was Conan who initially made it cool to make Chuck Norris jokes.)

    Anyways, my point is just that Norris is insignificant, as is Huckabee. Doesn't matter what they have to say about McCain.

    January 21, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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