January 21st, 2008
08:04 AM 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."](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.

Related video: 'Chuck and Huck' get candid

- CNN's Eric Fiegel and Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Huck is too much of a leftist to do any good for this country.

    Mitt '08!

    January 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. eddie

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    He told me to put some of my money in this company, helped me open up a stock account and so far it is doing great. Maybe one day I can attain great wealth such as the gentleman I work for...

    Eddie Gonzales
    San Clemente

    January 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Chuck – Did Martial Arts teach you nothing? Of have you abandoned your training and embraced politicking? Please...of the sorry lot we currently have to choose from you have to back someone who wants to change our constitution in the name of religion? Something the constitution is in place for (to protect our freedom against religious oppression).

    Nice try Chuckie.

    January 21, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Well, Mr. Norris, congratulations! You have just lost the vote of people over 65 for Huckabee.

    January 21, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. NY and FL for Romney

    Huck and Chuck....I don't think so!

    Romney doesn't need endorsements from corrupt political dealmakers and purchased newspaper editors...he just needs votes from people who support improving our nation, our living standards, our schools, our national security, our government, our image abroad!

    Romney 2008-2016 !!

    January 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Sam

    i don't support McCain to the fullest, but where does Chuck Norris get off insulting him like that? Not even logical, none-the-less political. Stupid comments like that are pushing Huckabee further into the ground than he already was.

    And if you're going to make a point, Mary, don't quote an online encyclopedia that can be edited by the public. Though it's reliable for personal reference and more often than not will lead you correctly; even a grade schooler knows you cant cite wikipedia.

    January 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Chuck also went on to say that Obama is too black, Hillary is too female and Romney is too un-christian.

    January 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. T-sizzle

    Chuck Norris doesn't believe in evolution. He decides which animals live or die.

    January 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Gary

    This is the so-called substance -values voters- drool over.

    Norris should follow the 'Code of Silence' rather than trying to be 'The Presidents Man'. I don't hear the 'Bells of Innocence' ringing. I only see the 'Silent Rage' of Norris materializing in the form of a pair of 'Sikekicks' trying to prove that Huckabee and him can be 'The Wrecking Crew' to change Washington and become 'Top Dog' of the goverment. All in the name of junking the Constitution for the Bible, threatening the nation that it is 'Hellbound', scaring the Neocons into voting for 'The Contender'... Huckabee, for the Presidency.

    We aren't playing 'Dodgeball' here, we are talking about the leader of our nation. A leader to fix the mess which George W. created. Republicans are quick to forget and rush to vote in another fundamentalist. This is 'Invasion U.S.A'. The Constitution is under attack. Our Democracy's very independence is at stake. Don't go 'Lone Wolf McQuade' on the nation.

    It is a time for unity, not for separation. Any individual looking for 'Forced Vengeance' need not apply. Warmongers go home.

    Now only if these dolts would go 'Missing in Action'. Then we just might be in a happier place.

    January 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. ChuckNorrisIsAnIdiot

    Maybe McCain should die his hair orange like Chuck to stop the aging process....

    January 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Kathy

    That's sick and stupid. I know Chuck Norris played an action hero on tv, but McCain played one in the Hanoi Hilton in real life. I can't believe a Hollywood guy is implying McCain isn't tough or vital enough for the job.

    January 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Porter

    This story is just HUGE! No wonder you posted it twice. May I be so bold as to recommend you report it tomorrow as well? And maybe the next day too.

    January 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. themel

    If you think that Chucky has just a Die job, look again, that is the best Hair money can buy.

    As far as I am concerned there all old. Huck even thinks evolution is not Fact. Guess an Ostrage comes to mind.

    I want to start over with a new batch.

    January 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. jen

    I'd rather have "too old" than "Too W. Dumb."

    January 21, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. John Egger

    It would appear that Chuck Norris's bad hair job and plastic surgery has cut off the flow of blood to his brain.

    January 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Bukky, Balt MD

    Seriously how much collagen/botox has chuck norris had? have you seen him in that Dew commercial... i though it was a guy with a chuck Mask on...

    January 21, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Tim, Minnesota

    I'm waiting for Chuck to say "Ron Paul is too honest for President"

    January 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. NFaye

    What qualities are most important in a future president? Foremost, he must absolutely defend and protect our constitution. He must be committed to the preservation of our freedom. Next is economic know-how. Without a strong economy, nothing else works. So we need a leader who has experience with today’s global market place. Third, we need a leader who will insist that our laws be enforced, our borders protected, and amnesty will not be given illegals. We need an intelligent leader who is committed to education, research and development, and problem-solving for our energy crisis. We need a man of integrity, one who has personally lived socially conservative values all his life. We need a leader who will restore respect and dignity to the office of president and bring about genuine positive change in Washington. The candidate who best meets these requirements is Mitt Romney. He has my vote!

    January 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Jr., California

    I have a lot of respect for McCain and am not trying to insult him but, what is wrong with his arms, his left jaw, and why does he blink so much? Are these a result of his POW experience? I am just curious.

    January 21, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Truth, USA

    By that same token, if McCain is too old to be President, then you Huckabee are too stupid to be President.

    January 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Mechelle

    First Huck discriminates against another man's religion.
    Then he discriminates against gays.
    Then he discriminates against women.
    Now he is discriminating against the elderly....
    Shame, shame.

    January 21, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

    My friends, let's not be too hard on Chuck Norris for his idiotic comments... This guy has taken more blows to the head than the Three Stooges

    January 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. brandon, st. peters mo

    Huckabee's rejection of the biggest farce in human history (evolution) is an encouragement to me AND I DON'T EVEN SUPPORT HIM!! I hear claims that belief in evolution is widespread and that anyone who believes otherwise loses credibility. Im 21 years old and went to public school. My generation has long been labeled the "secular progressives", however i struggled to find even a few believers in evolution in my high school of over 2500 students. In my mind, anyone who regards something clearly defined as THEORY, as though it were a fact, has the least credibility of all.

    January 21, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Kathy


    I don't know about his jaw or whether he blinks a lot, but he cannot lift his arms over his head because of treatment he received as a POW.

    January 21, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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