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. Nick

    Its a viable arguement. When we elect a leader we should consider his ability to succeed and carry out the job. McCain has the age issue but added to that is a real question about his health and recurring cancer battles. I think he's selfish. I want to be President – that's it. The dramatic impact of the President dying in office is too much for a country to bare simply because McCain wants to add a historical footnote to his family name and be buried with the full Presidential honors of Commander and Chief of the United States of America.

    January 20, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Petee

    McCain may not be too old – but his ideas are definitely worn out!

    January 20, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Tony

    To be honest with you all, we don't need another republican president – > PERIOD. Even though i voted republican for the last 15 years, I will be voting democrat this time (BUT NOT HILLARY CLINTON for Sure!!!!). Republicans have done enough damage(both domestic & Foreign) that convince me that it's time to change the management. Isn't this democracy is all about and isn't this is waht we are trying to export overseas???????

    January 20, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. John Edwarss

    Horris, please just stay at your ranch, your pick for the lib republican Hickupbee is just a kick in the pants, McCain is to old, so let Ron Paul win ok.

    January 20, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Ellie

    Since when is 71 too old! Some people are too old at 30! I'm 74 years old and not too many young people can keep up with me. If you take care of yourself, eat right and exercise your brain there is no reason you can't just keep going and going. I love Mrs. Bush – she's in her 80's, still has a sense of humor and keep going. John McCain's mother is quite the lady also.

    January 20, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. darrell

    four years president Ithink john would be okay but eight years no

    January 20, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Richard, FL

    Has Chuck Norris become "Huckleberry's" Hound?

    January 20, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Don L

    Isn't this hate speech? McCain should challenge him to a chess match or thumb wrestling – demanding his boss stop hiding behind a martial arts expert.

    However, fighting a martial arts expert would prepare Mccain for Hillary.

    January 20, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Joey

    you are all wrong.. vote Rudy G in 2008 He's an uncanny and wizard genius.. I met him years ago in NYC. Definitly the Best Candidate of any of the political Parties. He also can outsmart the other contenders.He is a solid ITALIAN AMERICAN. IT'S RUDY's Time!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. gogo

    I am approaching 70 and nomatter who they were I would not vote for someone that old. As a person ages everything slows down no difference how good you might feel.

    January 20, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Steve

    Do Republicans want to win or not? McCain is the only person up there to beat Hillary or Obama. Mitt Romney is not an option. Do you really want 10% of the salary of the president of the United States going to the mormon "church"? Do you really want the illuminati in Salt Lake City controlling this nation? Huckabee is simply too far to the right. He might play well with the evangelicals, but he is going to turn off way too many moderates and independents.

    January 20, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. mike, st louis

    Umm, Chucks not running as president and as the last I knew this was a free country with free speech.. McCain is a liberal conservative and no one talks about it.. Huckabee is the real deal conservative. GO HUCK!

    January 20, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Roy from California

    As a Republican, I agree that Cain in too OLD to become President.
    We don't need a heart attack, stroke prone, groggy
    senile OLD MAN falling asleep behind the OVAL DESK,
    or at Security Meetings!!!

    January 20, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Linette, Lexington MA

    Both McCain and Huckabee deserve to lose. They talk about how 'clean' their campaigns are: what a crock! Probably minutes later they're off mailing their hate mail. McCain is a fossil, Huckabee can only pander to evangelical congregations. The guy spends more time at the pulpit trying to get votes than anywhere else. If the economy is really issue #1 this year: uh, why not vote for Romney? Who knows more about the global problem (and the national security issue it really is) than that guy? Romney wins hands down on the economy over any Republican, or Democrat, in the entire field.

    January 20, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Ted

    Anyone who's mother is still alive is not too old to be President.

    January 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Newzaroo Tampa, FL

    Florida Must Elect The Conservative, for America...

    OK, Floridians – time for some real GOP straight talk. It's up to us now, and republicans still need a conservative candidate. That man – is Mitt Romney.

    Three 1st place wins in Nevada, Michigan and Wyoming. Strong 2nd place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. And his Blue state economic credentials are winners in November against a classless liberal field.

    *John McCain cannot win Florida's conservative voters. (or the U.S.)
    *Mike Huckabee cannot find enough Florida evangelicals.
    *Rudy Giuliani is Tested, Ready, poof.

    The latest Florida Insider Advantage Poll: Guiliani 21 – McCain 20 – Romney 20 – Huckabee 13.

    There's only one candidate who is clearly favored by noted conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Mona Charen, Kathleen Parker, Governor Jeb Bush and Pat Buchanan. Only one man.

    Vote: Mitt Romney for President of the United States. We need this guy, yesterday.

    January 20, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. keliz

    This is pathetic. McCain looks and acts younger than Chuck Norris. Not to mention taking any man serious who wears bangs like a girl.

    January 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Vince

    Don't get carried away on this age thing. No one can argue that McCain is tougher than nails and he proved it during 5 years of torture in Vietnam.

    However, a few years back when visiting my mom she had the TV on a political talk show and McCain was on, my comment was somewhat Wicked Witch-like..."I'm melting!!!!"

    January 20, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    Hey moderator How about allowing my comment to post,, you posted three comments since I left mine. Just a little age humor , no trickery this comment or hidden agenda's

    January 20, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Mark, Tampa, FL

    McCain disgusts me. He is thoroughly a pro-war liberal. He lacks the temperament to be a leader. He campaigns as a "straight-talker", but has flip-flopped more than anyone- on tax cuts, on illegal immigration, on the war, the list goes on. Check out http://therealmccain.com/

    Romney is the only real conservative.

    January 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Vi

    Lets face it folks, A year or two before Regan left office he developed Dementia. The white house covered it up pretty good. Mc Cain is too old. He can maybe sit in the Senate for a few more years. But not the Presidency. A vote for Mc Cain is like a vote for his Vice President. And who will he pick Jeb Bush? Do you really want another Bush in office. Our dollar is dropping every day. The recession we are in will last years. With no jobs for the American people. We will not climb out of this resession easily. Hold on to yoour pennies your gonna need them. Mc Cain knows nothing about ecconomics. But he does think he knows how to fight a War. Does everyone one know about the Cease Fire the al-Sadar the head of the Mahdi Army surprised everyone with in September of 2007? It was not negotiated. He promised not to kill any American or Irqai troops. It wil last 6 months. Ending March. The death count is down because of this. The Surge is not working. Watch C-Span to get the real information on what is happening in Iraq. I don't know who I will vote for yet, but it will not be for Mc Cain.

    January 20, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. john

    McCain is another warmonger

    January 20, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. jbussey

    Speaking of hairdressers, it is Chuck Norris and Mike Huckabee that are waisting their time coloring their hair in lieu of discussing real issues.

    January 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Tj

    Chuck Norris is only 4 years younger than McCain. Maybe he's too old to campaign for somebody.

    January 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Tanya

    Who is Chuck Norris? I really truly don't know.
    Nor do I have a clue who is Usher (pushing for Obama)?

    Why do candidates think that these people opinions should make an ounce of difference to the voters?

    January 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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