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. Gary

    Yes, I am purposefully using Chuck Norris movie titles, within quotes, integrated into this opinion:

    Norris should follow the 'Code of Silence' rather than trying to be 'The Presidents Man'. I don't hear the 'Bells of Innocence' ringing. I only see the 'Silent Rage' of Norris materializing in the form of a pair of 'Sikekicks' trying to prove that Huckabee and him can be 'The Wrecking Crew' to change Washington and become 'Top Dog' of the goverment. All in the name of tossing out the Constitution, threatening the nation that it is 'Hellbound', scaring people into voting for 'The Contender'… whom is conveniently named Huckabee.

    We aren't playing 'Dodgeball' here, we are talking about the leader of our nation. A leader to fix the mess which the GOP has created. Individuals are quick to forget and rush to vote in another fundamentalist (religious and political). This is 'Invasion U.S.A'. Our Democracy's very independence is at stake. Don't go 'Lone Wolf McQuade' on our country.. It is a time for unity, not for separation.

    Any individual looking for 'Forced Vengeance' need not apply. Warmongers/profiteers go home.

    Now only if these divinely inspired politicians would go 'Missing in Action'. Then we just might be in a happier place.

    January 21, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. Maureen

    Chuck Norris should take a good look in the mirror. He's looking pretty old himself and doesn't have the class or good looks John McCain has. Pretty tacky jab Chuck.

    January 21, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Mike

    Chuck's just been playing to his enthusiasm, and forgets he plays best the silent type.

    January 22, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. James Phillips, Durham NC

    McCain is the real deal, a hero and a patriot not a TV and B movie star.

    January 22, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Ann

    McCain is no friend "my friends" to real republicans. The media want s him to be the nominee because it would guarantee a victory for the Dems. That's why they have give Huckabee free press. That's all you hear McCain/Huckabee. I've talked to alot of republicans that will not i vote if McCain or Huckabee are the nominees. Republicans need to stand up to the media and vote against McCain (an insider) and Huckabee (Mr. one-liner).

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. j becker

    Everyone here contemplating age discrimination should remember that Gandhi was even older when her helped liberate India, and Plato was still teaching Socratic method at an even older age. I'm not for or against McCain, but are you really against him because of age, or are you like the rest of the democrats with a hidden adgenda? Let him determine if he's too old for the position, let us judge whether we agree with his platform.

    January 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Joe Momma

    Much as I oppose a McCain presidency, a firm grasp on reality requires me to point out that McCain would only be a couple of years older than Reagan when and if he takes office. Reagan was less than three weeks shy of 70 when he was sworn in. McCain would be 72.

    January 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Beverly

    Does no one remember Ronald Reagan, he turned 70 one month after he took the oath of office, he served 2 terms and died 15 years after he left office. John McCain is not too old, he is in great health, look at his 95 yr old mother, she looks to be in terrific shape. Wisdom and experience comes with age and in my opinion Mr.McCain has both.

    January 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. StateTheObvious

    Huckabee doesn't believe in evolution. Really, that should be the end of any conversation about him and presidency. Solving today's problems requires acting on the FACTS, not denying them. What's next, his VP believes the world is flat?

    January 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. d

    Could be 80 when he gets out of office?
    He is too old but basically he wants to stay in Iraq 50 years!
    He is too slow to respond, has to read acceptance speech.

    January 29, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Carrie

    McCain IS too old and with old ideas.

    Huckabee is hokey.

    Romney is the best hope for this country.

    January 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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