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

    Old foggies who like McCain gave us war hero Bob Dole in '96 for the
    Clintons to chew up. I can still see ancient Dole stumbling along the
    campaign trail. Now it's trigger happy McPain we must nurse along.
    I see no worth in these tiresome old war horses. So he thinks we
    now need to spead the Bush war in Iraq into Pakistan? Please...
    why don't you old foggies take your obsolete view of manhood to
    the war veterans museum where it belongs?

    McPain: fought in one flop war. Votes for two more. Now he craves
    a fourth. He needs a muzzle, I say. The Clinton machine will run him ragged.

    January 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. ray mac

    I don't take Lib Uniter McCain very seriously nor the other semi-hemi-demi libs like Elmer Gantry Huchkabee, or Rudy I Can Beat Hellery Guiliani, nor even Flying Saucer rider Ron Paul. Most of these guys are all Dimocrat lites! Why not vote for a REAL socialist instead of half wit socialists? after all, the illegals will keep flooding across the border to vote, and we are selling the country to China and other foreign iterests.. Why worry about money or our country? The only thing any of these people (well, maybe not Ron) will do is to print more and act surprised as the money becomes worth less and less.
    This election is like being asked to chose which dirt sandwich tastes the least badly..........
    I want to vote for "None of the Above", throw this pack of power mad morons off the list and start again.
    By the bye, Ron Reagan had some ideas when he ran; not like Clueless McCain.

    January 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Karl

    If we're going to choose Mccain, we must get ready to a few long wars in midle east. He is the exact replica of Bush whom we claim to dislike. If we do that how then can we critize Bush. On the rep. side we Need Mitt and match him against Obama

    January 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Mike S.

    Chuck Norris doesn't endorse. He tells America how it's going to be.

    January 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. RichardC

    The Democrats are calling Mike Huckabee an "easy kill" in the general election.
    I think McCain just became an easy kill himself with that video "make it a hundred" years in Iraq. I can imagine the Dems playing that sound bite every hour if he gets the nomination.

    January 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. buickcj

    If Chuck Norris were to make karate movies today, he would most assuredly need a stunt double to do all of the physical stuff.

    Sounds like, at his age now, he may need a stunt double to do at least some of the mental stuff!

    January 20, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Darrell Groves

    Like Sen. Loyd Benson said, I know 70 years old and no one my age should be elected president. How many naps does McCain take a day and for how long. How many meds does he take that interfer with his thinking and reasoning ability. Have you watched him climb the stairs? OH Yeah, I remember Reagan, He slept through meetings, his handlers made the decisions, but he was able to read a script. McCain and I could probably do that too.

    January 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. rga rgrg rgrga rgargaerg

    McCain the only one who can win 2008 please who in the "right mind" would vote for him. You people also forget the age added on from him being a pow. the ratio there is at least 5-1 if not more.

    January 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Mr. Hiller...

    With all due respect Mr. Hiller....(above commenter...) Mr. Norris is YOUR age (or a year younger maybe?) He certainly needs to lose the hair dye!

    I am not a McCain supporter, but someone mentioned that the press is trying to help him along to help the Dem's win in Nov. As a Democrat, McCain is the last person I'd want to see us run against because he is so seemingly normal and rational. I knew a whole lot of Democrats in the last election that would have considered him if he'd been in the last election. He doesn't have that whole Mormon albatros hanging around his neck to put off the Christian nuts, and he doesn't have the whole Religious Nut thing going to put off all of the normal Republicans who aren't a bunch of Bible Thumpers and are dying to get their party out of the grips of the Religious Right. (I know they think ALL the other Republicans think like them, but they don't) Funny how they always run on "Values" when they (Christian Conservatives) have a 25% higher rate of divorce than Democrats, among other things.... Mr. Huckabee seems a little *clueless* to me, don't you think? Didn't know about the whole Iran report until 2 weeks later...Duh. Kind of important when one is running for PRESIDENT.

    January 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. james

    other than mccain using his POW status (which by the way does not constitute being experienced to be a president) what has mccain ever done positve for the republican party? NOTHING!!!! HE IS NOT A UNITER, HE IS A REPUBLICRAT !!! what has ever done, period>>>all he said was,Pres. bush, i agree with the surge and now hes taking credit for the surge..giuliani agreed with the surge also>>>mccain has plopped his rear end in the senate for 25 years(just as several dozen others have)..he has never had to make a singular decision that would effect everyones lives!!!! he has always had the power to hide behind the rest of the senate..hes never run a budget, hes never agreed with a tax cut !!!aw hell, lets be real, hes never really been a republican.. and as far as winnig or losing to the democrats..have no fear>>as soon as the debates start and the issues are discussed, believe me the dems will implode... no substance and lots and lots of skeletons in closets

    January 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Jake, from NY

    Chuck-
    HOW DARE YOU!!! John McCain is an honorable man who is the best fit to lead our nation. He is in fine health! Yes he may be 71, but hes never had heart problems or strokes, and his mother is still alive and well too! Age shouldnt be an issue. Experience, however, should be!

    January 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. Ed Norris, GA

    This is EXACTLY why I don't want Huckabee to be the Vice President of McCain and why I will write in Fred Thompson or Mitt Romney if McCain gets the nod. Both of these guys will give us nothing but more war and bigger government. Neither are Conservative Republicans.

    January 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. WIZARD OF OZ

    I can see Gomer now in a show down with Putin,what a scary thought.

    January 20, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Rob Williams

    I'm a Romney guy, but let me say this in defense of John McCain. Chuck, you may have played a POW in the movies, but John McCain was a REAL POW. So think about that before you shoot your mouth off. Now get back to pushing your Flex Gym or whatever the hell you call it.

    January 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Neil, FL

    McCain is too duplicitous to be President. He is not a Republican.

    January 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. CinqueB

    Chuckie is right, McCain probably couldn't even renew his Driver License if he had to take the test. Who would want him for president, remember alzheimers and Reagan??

    January 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Marvin McConoughey

    Voters will have to make their own judgment. about age. I think McCain is a bit old for the challenges of the presidency. For those who want to learn more about age and cognitive deterioration, an excellent book is "Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention," by Sara H. Qualls and Michael A. Smyer, 2007. The authors present evidence that age-related cognitive impairment exists on a spectrum of performance measures. I point out that individuals differ and what is true generally of a population may not be equally true of a given individual.

    January 20, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. marine 43

    Art, i'd say Ted wants Fred . All the way!

    January 20, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. James

    It's about time someone pointed this out in the media. About McCains mom it's a proven fact women live longer then men and she has seen no where near the amount of wear and tear he's faced in his life. McCain SHOULD NOT be president under any circumstances he would ruin this country. People retire from far less stressful positions by 65, and with good reason. Ones mental ability, logical thinking, health and reasoning deteriorate rapidly approaching 80 everyone has seen this in someone they care about. But age aside there are plenty of other reasons to attack McCain, he seems to be getting a free pass right now and needs to be exposed.

    McCain is by no means a united, anyone who takes a look at his policies will find them at odds with fundamental policies of both parties. He's a neo-con Bush/Rumsfeld lover of the worst kind. The only two things he seems to care about are giving illegal immigrants a free pass to the country and to persue war in the middle east for future generations to deal with. Both will cost Trillions of dollars in the long (but not so long) run and drive the economy to the ground. Is there such thing as a real fiscally conservative candidate anymore, maybe Romney, but too many despise mormons. Perhaps the country needs 3 viable parties the wacko neo cons, the irresponsible democrats, and the fiscally conservative middle ground. OH but then maybe an intelligent person would make it to the white house.

    January 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Serious Politics

    Seriously you can't deny a fact. Chuck is right. You can't put any spin on this one.
    Another fact McCain's wife is 18 years younger than he is. The first wife he dumped.As Ross Perot stated, for a much younger wife and a much wealthier one.
    Time to dump McCain.

    January 20, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Yadi

    Hold Up! Chuck said this not Huckabee. Shoot! My mama says all kinds of things I wish she wouldn't, but that doesn't make me guilty, does it?

    McCain and McCain alone knows what he can handle and I am sure he thought about it. Chuck needs to own up, he put his foot in his mouth, no doubt.

    Why is it when real men act like Gentlemen, they are "in love". Wasting your time calling Chuck's comment idiotic and not realizing so is that statement.

    McCain is putting up a good fight. I have to hand it to him.

    Whatever is said. Huckabee has something to him. Got to respect a man with no money, almost no staff, getting this far. The more you bash him, the more we look into him. He must be a real threat to get you all so upset. I am starting to like him.

    Hell! HUCKABEE just to tick off the powers that be, count me in!

    January 20, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Michael Laurence

    McCain is only a few years older than that toupee on Chuck Norris' head. But the Senator is in much better shape.

    January 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Scott, Madison, WI

    So a fallen, dried up, action hero has the gall to say John McCain is too old. Unfortunately, for Chuck, John McCain is real life hero, not a figment of a hero based on an image.

    Excuse me Chuck, this is not your publicity tour to revive your has-been status. If this is what an action hero is like in retirement, I think it best for you to have stayed retired and quiet. Go back to making the infomercials that match your superficial exterior.

    January 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. Paul

    I'm outraged by such bigoytry and stupidity.

    January 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. constant

    But did anyone see on CNN where Huckabee defended having norris and prowrestlers endorsing his campaign. He made some presidential remark about they were good guys when compared to endorements like Oprah, etc. he said something to the effect...well people telling them they are not voting for their guy, they will punch your lights out!!!! The interviewer laughed and made a remark about he didn't know of other campaign that you vote for someone out of fear.
    I watched it live, but haven't seen it run again, and have heard nothing more about it. I believe it was last Saturday morning! You could tell by his face, he knew what he said was not politically correct. So who will "punch their lights out" if he is voted into office? The more Huckabee talks, the more he sounds like the "texas ranger" forever in reruns!
    Unbelievable.

    January 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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