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

McCain: Chuck Norris might have to deal with my mom

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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. Waqas

    his "foreign policy experience" is irrelevant – as we are no longer in Vietnam or Korea...

    vote RON PAUL 2008 – he's the only true Republican and only candidate in the Republicans who won't lead us into another war for oil and Israel.

    January 22, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Lee

    McCain will last as long as the people who write his speeches. As long as he can see well enough to read, he can continue saying everything his writers are scripting for him. Unfortunately, he's already having trouble doing that. It's impossible to pretend his age and condition aren't going to be an issue. He doesn't give me the impression of being able to inject the energy and vigor into a troubled economy that's in such desperate need of it.

    January 22, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Samuel

    Yeah, reagan was such a great president...

    "His policy of "peace through strength" resulted in a record peacetime defense buildup, including a 40% real increase in defense spending between 1981 and 1985" – There goes your tax money. More guns.

    "During Reagan's tenure, income tax rates were lowered significantly, with the top personal tax bracket dropping from 70% to 28% in seven years,[77] although effective payroll tax rates increased." – If you were really rich, more money to you. If you were poor, you suddenly had to pay more taxes.

    "In order to cover newly-spawned federal budget deficits, the United States borrowed heavily both domestically and abroad, raising the national debt from $700 billion to $3 trillion,[88] and the United States moved from being the world's largest international creditor to the world's largest debtor nation." – More money to the CEOs!

    So he destroyed the US economy and tax system, made the poor poorer and the rich richer and bought guns with the money that was left.

    All quoted from wikipedia, everything has sensible citations too.

    January 22, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Well Bush Jr. is a young President, what is his excuse, oh yeah sheer incompetence. Reagan didn't even know where he was by his second term in office and he was still a better President. Age is a number that means very little if your born by neo-cons. They still eat their young I hear.

    January 22, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Chris, jacksonville

    Thank goodness there are no actual issues to discuss or report on.

    Thanks for this valuable service, CNN.

    I cant wait to hear who Kirk Cameron will endorse, then I can make an informed decision.

    January 22, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. SPQR753

    ROMNEY: flip-flopping all over the place, when not extending thruth beyond belief : seeing the father marching with Dr. M.L. King, REMEMBER?

    HUCKABEE: ready to stick the confederate flag's pole into someone's behind.. not very Christian, don't you think so?

    GIULIANI: ready to use 911 for $ 100,000 speeches and for any political gain. Another GOP candidate who extended the truth beyond belief, e.g.: exposing himself to the harmful effect of Ground Zero's dust just AS MUCH and AS LONG as any of the rescuers, REMEMBER?

    McCAIN: The only decent of the bunch. Unlike all other GOP "CHICKEN HAWKS" (ready to send YOUR children to WAR, NOT THEIRS!!) , fought for his Country, knows the meaning and the devastating effects of war, prison, torture and doesn't need "B" movies actors to be reminded of his age.

    Save for McCain, what a pathetic bunch!!

    January 22, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. MIKE, NC

    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!!!

    Mitt Romney is now leading in Florida polls

    January 22, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. suemac- Independent

    I don't understand why Chuck Norris is getting so much press attention. This is from a B Grade TV Star ( at best !) who has NO political experience and very little education. All this attention from a man, who met & married his current wife AFTER she sent him Nude photos of herself in the mail ! This is TRUE ! SCARY !
    Didn't know that Huckabee had promoted Norris to his "spokesman" !

    January 22, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Chris

    I like McCain, but the thing about him that bothers me is the way he roots for that Bush and his warmongering ways. If McCain gets elected, would he start more misguided wars and perpetuate the killing and the bloodshed that the present brainless occupant of the White House has started?

    January 22, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. charlotte

    McCains mom looks pretty good for 95. Longivity is a family gene. Watch it, Chuck she looks as if she could take you....

    January 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Malcolm Whitaker

    Mr. McCain at 72 has more brains, experience, finesse, ability and expertise than all the other candidates combined. Hillary wants to be top dog no matter how she gets there or who gets in her way; Obama lacks experience big time and Rudy
    would never be a candidate if it weren't for 911; all the others don't cut it in my oppinion.

    January 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Mr ONEIl

    I hate Norris comments, but i don't think the media has to always make something out of nothing. Comments like that are not worth occupying the front page of the breaking News. Even though McCain is qualify, i still believe he is too old to be running for President. Lets give fresh minds the chance.

    January 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Rodney

    "Let's not forget that NAFTA, which is being cited by the three stooges on the dais, was passed under Clinton."

    But let's also not forget that NAFTA was not Clinton's legislation, it was hold over legislation from George H.W. Bush that he ferociously fast tracked before the end of his term... in fact Bush 1 signed NAFTA in December of 1992!

    Bill Clinton campaigned vigorously against it, but after beginning his first term one of his first actions was to reach across the aisle and work with Congress on this legislation, which led to it's passage.

    "The economic bonanza during Clinton's first period was inherited as a result of Reaganomics."

    So the staggering debt that was the result of Reaganomics is what was responsible for Clinton's economic bonanza??? I will never get that con-servative argument... Clinton wipes out the national debt and leaves the country with a multi billion dollar surplus, and the argument is that he was able to do so because of Reagan's economic policies which were the cause of the enormous debt in the first place. That is tantamount to saying that Bush 2's economic policies and tax cuts are going to be responsible for our next Democratic President's ability to wipe out the national debt.

    The Iraq wars, plural I might note, happened under Bush's. Remember???

    January 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Moses Gnanashekar

    McCain may be 72 but he sure has energy like 27........ Chuck should have known this by now.

    January 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Jake

    Mr. Amadeo You had better go check your history books.There was advisors in Vietnam before President Kenndy took office.As for Reagan, when he was in office there were no jobs to be found. The national debt was the 2nd highest in history. { I think Boy George holds the record.}

    So if Sen. Mcain is going to be like Reagan, I'll be voting for Hillary.

    January 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Will O.

    Chuck Norris in an idiot. Please, CNN, stop talking about him. He is a nobody.

    And for the record, I am a Republican and I support Obama.

    January 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Richard, FL


    I agree with your points, however, to correct the record: Bill Clinton did not wipe out the national debt. It hasn't been down to zero since Andrew Jackson was president. Clinton did generate the largest SURPLUSES in history, while Ronald Reagan's DEFICITS for EVERY YEAR IN OFFICE were higher than the highest record deficit year of Jimmy Carter.

    Bush has smashed all the deficit records created by Ronald Reagan.

    January 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    It is about time that Norris shut up!

    Romney '08!

    January 22, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Insane McCain,
    Take your mother and Chuck Norris and wash all of your mouths,

    You, my friend,
    have a dirty mouth yourself, we've heard about your temper and dirty mouth many times.

    January 22, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Anthony Dods

    Chuck Norris is simply asking the question in a louder manner that we are all thinking.

    January 22, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Lev Klinemann, CA

    The only worse trhing than two people fighting with each other (Barrack and Hillary), is two OLD people fighting with each other.

    January 22, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Casey B

    Chuck Norris has been hit in the head too many times. I think it's disgusting that a 68 year old man (yes, Chuck is 68) has small children. It's incredibly selfish to have babies when you're on social security.

    January 22, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Steve Blaine Washington

    John McCain will never be President of the USA because he is not a natural born Citizen. He was not born in a State of the USA. He was born in the Canal Zone
    which was not even a territory of the USA but leased land which the USA paid rent every year. All you have to do is look at the 1st sentence of the 14th Amendment. He is however a citizen of the USA. Additionally, their are probably a 100 cases where natural born citizen is used in debates and other documents and I can recall at least 10 of the top of my head.
    One important case which in reality is two because it is mentioned twice and used differently is when the two houses passed a constitutional amendment requiring both Senators and members of the House to be natural born citizens instead of just citizens. It obviously did not secure the votes of enough states to pass but is two cases which what is meant by being natural born is clarified.
    MCCain cannot even get past 14 th Amendment to the Constitution and the Act of
    26 mAr 1790 which he tried to use for qualification to become President was repealed on 29 jan 1795 because the Senate tried to extend the term natural born citizen to the North West territories which were not States at the time. Additionally
    Act of 26 mar 1790 was illegal because according to Constitution Congress is authorized to Act only in naturalization cases. Look it up yourself.

    January 22, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Derek, Riverside CA

    So, Norris, who's 68, is calling McCain, 71, old?

    Yawn. Wake me when McCain wins the nomination.

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. James, Lexington MA

    Why didn't Dole beat Clinton? Dole arguably should have won, based on experience and credentials. But Dole was (and is) OLD! He looked like an old geezer compared to Bill. Let's face it America – we want a leader who is somewhat good looking and doesn't look like he deserves a retirement home in the near future. To say that looks don't matter is naive wishful thinking. McCain is this year's Bob Dole. He cannot win a national election – it doesn't matter what his credentials. Oh, and the fact that he wants to keep us in Iraq for generations to come doesn't help much either.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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