January 21st, 2008
10:22 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Chuck Norris might have to deal with my mom

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/21/art.mommccain.gi.jpg caption="Can Roberta McCain put Chuck Norris in his place?"]
MIAMI (CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Monday dismissed concerns about his age raised by action-film star Chuck Norris, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's most famous backer.

Norris, who has cut tongue-in-cheek campaign ads for Huckabee, told reporters at his Texas ranch Sunday that 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?" Norris asked as Huckabee looked on. "Eighty-four years old - and can he handle that kind of pressure in that job?"

McCain sighed theatrically when asked about that remark Monday.

"I'm afraid I may have to send my 95-year-old mother and wash Chuck's mouth out with soap," he said.

McCain, who won Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina, was on the stump in south Florida.


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Nancy, Dallas TX

    Anyone who is influenced by the opinion of Chuck Norris has no business voting.

    January 22, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  2. phil

    it is a known fact that the ageing of a president, especially during hard times puts alot of stress on ones physical body. the ratio from what my text books put it closer to 4 – 1. in times a great need or disaster, such as 9-11, it is claimed to be almost double the norm.
    7 years ago when George W was sworn in, he looked like one our youngest presidents, and with his upbeat charector he acted like so. now he reminds of of his father right when he left office. he didnt just age 7 years, he appears to have aged 25+ years in spirit. If G.W.B. was as upbeat and "charming" as he once was 7 years ago, he would have a higher approval rating than 33%, which is probably another reason as to why he isn't so upbeat.
    with mccain (and i like the guy) being 20 years ahead of what George W was, he could grow in age mightly fast if he has to deal with similar stressed that this administration had too. I think McCain needs to take somethign he can handle, and something that needs him. like VP.
    but then again, if being VP puts Mitt Romney in pffice, i tihnk i would rather another Reagan "mcCain"(in his second term)

    Good enough for Chuck Norris..
    Good enough for Ric Flair...
    Good enough for Steve Colbert..
    *Good enough for Duncan Hunter (if you watched the news)...
    Good enough for AMERICA!!!

    Mike Huckabee08"

    January 22, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  3. Robert, fact check

    Amadeo/Jason

    U.S. involvement in VietNam started as early as 1950 under Truman with military aid and military advisors to the French who were fighting Communism there. Increased military aid and more advisors occur under Eisenhower. In 1954, the French withdrew and VietNam was divided into North/South.

    The first U.S casualties occur in 1959 as two advisors are killed.

    Kennedy, in 1961, sent in the first U.S. troops to be involved in combat operations. This escalated greatly under LBJ.

    Jason, you can't believe everything you read on Wikipedia.

    January 22, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  4. SelenaC

    Give me a break. What does this have to do with any REAL issue??
    Johnson became President after Kennedy was killed. We were already over in Vietnam as advisors by the time Johnson took over. Why is something that happened over 40 years ago still so important in todays elections and debates? Why aren't we dealing with the issues that are facing us now? I don't understand why Democrats have to argue and try to make a case over dead Presidents or past Presidents! The way that the 3 stooges were going at eachother in the debate tonight you would think that George W Bush is running for President again or something!! Heck, I guess I am gonna cast my vote for him again because he is certainly better than what we are being offered now on EITHER side, with maybe the exception of Fred Thompson. I guess the only thing Democrats have to hang on to is that their rebellion in the 60's stopped the war and the evil Republican Nixon and outted him for what he really is. Wow. Guess that is something to be proud of. The rebellion of the 60's and the hippies have single handedly brought about the downfall of our once proud and glorious country. We need to have someone in office that will restore those values and beliefs!! Someone who will make us proud, strong and a super power once again!!

    January 22, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  5. diana jue

    Chuck Norris is 67 and sadly all the cosmetic surgery has made him forget how old he is. His eyes and face were pulled so tight, it looks unnatural.

    January 22, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  6. Wendel

    I think McCain is ripe for the Presidency. Besides, we are taught to respect our elders. I'm not sure he'll be the nominee, but at least he already has gray hair.

    January 22, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  7. Kelly

    Rudy won't make it to super Tuesday

    January 22, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  8. where's the beef

    Amadeo, where do I start for pete's sake. First of all, you argue that Jimmy Carter created his own economic problems during his presidency but that Reagan's economic policies didn't make rain until the Clinton presidency a decade later? That's inconsistent and inaccurate.

    Second, the Vietnam war happened under Kennedy? Uh, last I checked Vietnam was not Kennedy's war. Iraq will "happen" under the next president, too, but everyone knows whose war it is.

    Reagonomics were a disaster for this country. For details of what actually happened read Paul Krugman in the NYT yesterday.

    Finally, I agree that McCain would bring renewed energy. Clinton or Obama would bring renewed energy. A dishtowel would bring renewed energy to the White House at this point. Republicans had their shot and even most of them now realize how badly it has been screwed it up. (See Comeback, by Bush's former speechwriter, on how Bush has brought the party and the country to the "brink of disaster".)

    It is time to try a different path. Good luck in 2012, though.

    January 22, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  9. Karen

    Ever notice how presidents seem to enjoy above average longetivity?

    Chuck Norris does nothing to enhance Hucky's image and should stay home.

    January 22, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  10. Tom, NY

    So John gets his mommy to fight his battles? Come on John, step aside and let some younger ideas in. Your day has passed, it's about the country not about you.

    January 22, 2008 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  11. Carlos Ray Norris is rude and arrogant

    I'm a Democrat and I won't be voting for McCain or Huckabee but let me say that Chuck Norris's comments were unwarranted, uncalled for and rude. Anyone he would support should be ashamed to be associated with him after this comment. I hope that every senior citizen who will be voting in the Republican primaries takes notes of this and votes accordingly. It's no wonder that Carlos Ray (aka Chuck Norris) behaves like this since his background indicates that he is and will always be a loser just like his father.

    January 22, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  12. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Some caw-boys do not know the word Respect.

    January 22, 2008 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  13. Fred

    Is this the way a presidential candidate gets his support...from B-Movie wannabee star?
    I knew that these elections always get a little bit heated up when primaries are won or lost, depends what side you're...but please get down to the essentials because you're tearing down the image of what the USA once stood for : The land of the free and opportunities, now you're merely making it look like Disneyland in realtime...with no disrespect to the US-people.

    January 22, 2008 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  14. Wayne

    I'm a none American awaiting my visa's to soon start my future in the US with my American wife. I certainly am keeping a very close tab at all the debates both Dem's and the Rep, even though I agree with most of the Democrats, I still personally feels its Johan MacCain for the Republican party nomination. Having said that I was astonished by Chuck Norris comment and I strongly believe its unwarranted. So let me tell you American citizens, Chuck Norris is just a cardboard actor and Mr. Johan MacCain is a true American hero irrespective of his political party and he deserve more respect. So go head make him the Republican nominee even though its Democrats who will still take office!

    Wayne
    Sweden.

    January 22, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  15. Anonymous

    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!!!

    LATEST POLLS IN FLORIDA SHOW ROMNEY LEADING

    January 22, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. 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!!!

    LATEST POLLS IN FLORIDA SHOW ROMNEY LEADING

    January 22, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  17. steve a wilmington

    At this point, most educated conservatives view McCain as someone who lost his principles in the last decade. I highly doubt Huckabee, McCain, or Giuliani are going anywhere except the CNN treadmill to spin.

    January 22, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. Ann Aloha, PA

    McCain should just ignore Chucky...Senator McCain has serve us proud and that type of disrespect is stupid.
    Huckabee should dennonce this

    January 22, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  19. AJ - Montpelier

    I'm not a McCain fan but what a stupid thing for Huckabee to say. McCain was tough enough to survive a POW camp, I'm sure he's tough enough to do the job. You go mother McCain, get the soap and scrub brush and you go!

    January 22, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. ne,pa

    Norris, McCain, and his mother are so yesterday!
    Huckabee's too religious.
    The four should ride off into the sunset together!

    January 22, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Brasileiro January 22, 2008 12:12 am ET

    I think she can beat him.

    They should televise the match. Talk about "Must See TV"..... 🙂

    January 22, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  22. JIM DAYTON,OHIO

    NAFTA WAS FIRST BROUGHT ABOUT BY PRESIDENT BUSH'S FAST TRACK.BEFORE CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE.JUST LIKE THE HIGHWAY TAX THAT THEY WANT TO PLACE ON OUR GASOLINE BUT THIS IS NOT GOING INTO EFFECT UNTIL PRESIDENT BUSH IS OUT OF OFFICE,SO SOMEONE ELSE GET'S THE BLAME.JUST LIKE A REPUBLICAN!!!!

    January 22, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  23. Mark, Furlong, PA

    I guess Chucky doesn't realize that age legally cannot be a factor in getting a job. The Presidency is a job like all others; therefore, it is illegal to bring the issue of age into the mix.

    Personally, I believe that there is nothing like experience when looking for the best candidate for a job. And for the Presidency, it's JOHN MCCAIN - most experience AND most common sense. He was sitting in a POW camp while poor lil' rich boy Romney was still picking his nose.

    January 22, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Lighten Up

    It's just a case of Huck/Chuck wanting to keep up with Hill/Bill with the ole good cop/bad cop routine.

    January 22, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. Waqas

    McCain was a soldier, is a soldier, and will be a soldier if he is elected. It's the same as putting a military general in power – bad for America. Let's just hope McCain doesn't win...

    January 22, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
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