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. Eli Boulton

    Jen Cedar Falls, IA – Since when did a large family have to do with being a good President?

    January 20, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. cp 3111

    Chuck Norris must have his wig screwed down too tight if he thinks McCain may be too old for the White House.

    January 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. justin

    why don't all you people who think McCain isn't a Republican compare Fred Thompson's American Conservative Union ranking with McCains'?

    And James: McCain was calling for more troops and the resignation of Rumsfeld about 2 years before anyone else.

    January 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Patty

    Gosh, I really wish Mr. Norris said no such thing. Mr. Huckabee is a good man. As a Mike HUCKABEE supporter I apologize.

    But to the comment that stated " no one serious is backing Huckabee" check again. The numbers are proving you WRONG. If Mr. Huckabee had a staff and funding like Mr. Romney, Mr. Huckabee would take all.

    January 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. CP

    I found Huckabee's comments about McCain's hairstylist to be lower than low. The man can't comb his own hair because of wounds he received in Vietnam so that was a very very poorly chosen remark on Huckabee's part.

    January 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Homie

    I am sick and tired of the people running acting like kids who stamp their feet when they do not get their way.

    Also, Norris is suppose to be a "Christian!" What Bible does he study? I find it hypocritical of these people who claim to be Christians, but do not follow values taught in the Bible.

    Who cares of the age, if they are of sound mind and can get the job done, what difference does it make?

    I personally am voting for Ron Paul. Nobody else is defending the Constitution, which is being eroded before our eyes.

    Your rights will be wiped out soon. Bush said the Constitution was nothing but a piece of paper. Is that how most Americans feel?

    Not me!!

    January 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Joseph

    So if the Huckster ultimately gets the Presidency, will he appoint Chuckie Baby the U.S. Secretary of Self-Defense?

    What a ludicrous circus show. (By the way...for the benefit of Huckabee's supporters in the South, ludicrous means "ridiculous.") Get some substance to your dying campaign, please.

    January 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Step

    Hey it's Huck and Chuck again!! Do you think Chuck could be our VP??

    These two are an awesome one-two punch....talk about presidential!!

    What a waste of votes

    January 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Steve

    I'm not supporting McCain, but this was a low-rent move by Huckabee and his stooge.

    January 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Chris, Jacksonville

    Huckabee has no class, especially for a "man of god".

    This is pathetic.

    January 20, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Roy

    When Minnesota has it's caucus in Feb, I will remember what dumbdumb Norris said about John McCains age. I will definetly caucas for McCain and not some huckster who should be taken to task over his time as govenor of the state of arkansas. His time as govenor was a time tax increases. His record as govenor was one of the lowest for integrity in Arkansas history.

    January 20, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Barbara Cricket

    Romney is being smart, staying out of the way while the rest of the field annilates each other. I knew him 25+ years ago in Cambridge, Mass. (I went to church with him). He was a fair guy then, and loving guy. He's got a fantastic combination of strengths.

    Go, Mitt.

    January 20, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Ed

    John McCain if he wins the nomination would still be younger than Bob Dole who was 73 years and 4 months old in Nov 1996

    January 20, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Jacque Bauer

    Yes, I hate to say it but the "straight truth" is that Mr. McCain is simply too OLD.

    This is not age discrimination without good cause or precedence. There are indeed age restrictions for CEOs, pilots and many other critical jobs, and so why NOT for the highest pressure, most demanding job in the world. Probably not a bad idea for those supreme court justices and congressmen/women too.

    This is the real reason why Dole never had a chance, and why the Democrats and MSM are speaking so reverently about McCain. They know that he would be 'dead meat walking' in a general election, and are lickin' their chops at the prospect..

    January 20, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Bob Hill

    I remember hearing McCain himself say 8 years ago when he lost the primary to Bush that he would not run in the future because he was too old.

    January 20, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Hey Chuck , if you didn't know we all grow old, but I guess you don't know that living a hollywood life.

    January 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Alan

    Hmmm....let's see. When Churchill returned for a second term as prime minister, he was 77; when Konrad Adenauer *began* his 14-year term as German chancellor, he was 73; De Gaulle served as president of France from the age of 69 to the age of 79. Huckabee's minions run a filthy campaign, while he stands there beaming graciously. Ah, but Chuck Norris has pronounced upon the body politic.

    January 20, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. James D.

    I'm a leftist socialist 🙂 so I would never vote for any of the Republican candidates, but imo, McCain is by FAR the best no matter how old is. He's one tough dude....and he has some integrity....a rare commodity.

    January 20, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. jbussey

    We all know what how great our decision making prowess was when we were young. It is so funny how all of the bad decisions get made by older folks. Youth, now that's the ticket.

    January 20, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. David, Oregon City

    Clearly, Fred Thompson split the ticket and allowed McCain to win as Ross Perot split the ticket on H Bush allowing Billy C. to win in South Carolina.

    Due to what I now call the “Fred Thompson chicken block” on Huckabee, Thompson allowed McCain to win S.C. with an otherwise 2nd place vote count. McCain’s win placed Huckabee supporters with greater national responsibility than before to also correct the Fred Thompson “Vote Block” mayhem of South Carolina and go forward to win Florida. Now that the GOP has started eating their own for sport and the most electable candidates are defending themselves from the “no plan” “no accomplishment” competitors the last one standing may be the weakest GOP candidates.

    Remember, Bob Dole and George H. Bush got hamburger because the young voters would not or can not associate with them and the same goes for McCain, not to mention the other bones in his closet. That means the democrats will win!

    Not only does Huckabee need your strong support now, America needs your support of Huckabee more than ever! Don’t let the elite media get you down, that is their job. Be strong for Mike Huckabee, he needs to see our support and know we are behind him through good time and bad.

    GO Huckabee! Take the fight to the “chicken blockers”!

    January 20, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Dawgmeister

    Well if Chuck Norris thinks John McCain is too old that's fine. Personally I think that a ordained minister has no business running for President of The United States. After all there is a thing known as the seperation of church and state.

    January 20, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Bruce Lee

    The only way John McCain doesn't last 4 years as President is if Chuck Norris roundhouse kicks him.

    January 20, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. nate

    I love how Huck pretends he's so clean while having people who work for him take personal shots. Huck reminds me of OJ Simpson...I'm not dirty, but if I was....

    I honestly can't beleive that some republicans think Huck is anywhere near as clean of a person he claims to be. They even look past his liberal record because they feel he's a good man. Wake up.

    January 20, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Firestick

    Mac, had always been a couple notches off dead center....

    Not unlike Bush...

    Totally unsuitable to the rigors of President at any age......He should hang up the gloves....Go home and take care of his wife....Mission accomplished!

    It's going to take a giant of a man to steer this ship of state in the near future.....

    January 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Nancy

    Excuse me, but isn't Chuck Norris about 100 years old? Sure seems like it to me, and he's not fooling anyone with that hair dye. Next time try to pick a color actually found in nature.

    January 20, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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