January 25th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain: I'm sending Sly Stallone to take care of Chuck Norris

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/24/art.mac0124.gi.jpg caption="Huck has Chuck and now Mac has Sly."]
(CNN) - Earlier this week, martial arts star Chuck Norris questioned John McCain's ability to serve as president, because of the Arizona senator's age - at 72, he'd be the oldest first-term president in American history.

At Thursday night's debate, McCain had a response for the action star, who has endorsed Republican rival Mike Huckabee:

"Now that Sylvestor Stallone has endorsed me, I'm sending him over to take care of Chuck Norris right away."

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: GOP debate
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Seam, Philly PA

    This is too funny...........2 old has-been stars taking on each other in the Battle of Political Death Match. These guys are senior citizens, and John McCain is old enough to be Stallone's grandpa.

    January 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Rick

    It's not a Republican battle royal without da "Gu-va-neh-taaaaaaaaah"

    January 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. lou gar

    I`m suprised that cnn is even covering the gop debate.Did you get your signals mixed up from Hillary?

    January 25, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Beth The Dem

    This nice little bit of humor gave me my first laugh of the day. Touche'! Obama '08

    January 25, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Eric, MD

    Lisa Lee ,

    Anyone that opts to write "smarts" has no business making references to a person's intelligence. I would wager to say that a man of Stallone's wealth and accomplishments could outwit any number of the liberal wackos you most likely place on your short list of celebrity endorsements. By the way, Stallone is exercising what is called Freedom of Speech, which can be found in the Bill of Rights under Amendment I. I would suggest you start reading up on it, then maybe you would understand what the Democrats are attempting to dismantle.


    If you would get off the communist blogs and watch the liberal media, even they are forced to admit that the war in Iraq is being won. And don't bother repeating the Democrat mantra "We support the troops, but not the war". As an Iraq War vet, I can tell you that the vets don't buy that load of garbage.

    January 25, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. David.....Nevada

    Stallone is as washed up as McAmnesty. Both hanging on to an old tired career for as long as possible...

    January 25, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Steven

    Stallone's Rambo would stomp all over Norris' Ranger!

    January 25, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with things like this is that people don't know where the celebraties are coming from and don't bother to look at the candidate that they endorse. You need to look at the candidate rather than those that endorse them. If you look at the endorsements, see what they have to say and why. I would rather take the time to review endorsements of the candidates' fellow members of Congress and newspapers because there is more careful thought (usually) behind what they say and a record to look at. All a celebraty has is a bunch of movies and shows that don't speak to the person's real opinions.

    To Ian: Ron Paul isn't going to win. His supporters may give him money, but they fail to do the most important thing often –VOTE! If they don't actually go to the polls and vote, then there is no way he is going anywhere.

    Karen: if you were looking for a conservative like Reagan, then you won't find one. George W. Bush broke the alliance that Reagan built. There were so many ways that it was broken (and by the Republican Congress too). My suggestions is that you might want to look at a third party or a Democrat to see who you could settle with since the Republicans aren't the conservatives you are looking for.

    January 25, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Truer Democrat

    McCain is a man of integrity and has shown his great vision for this country. I will vote for him over Hillary and Obama any day. The current Democrats are disappointing.

    January 25, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. McCain is the worst possible option!

    How could ANYONE back McCain, the man who has been THE problem with Washington for nearly as long as I have been alive? How could anyone support a man whose first three major attempts (all with his name on the bills) dealing with immigration failed to set aside even one dollar for border control. McCain has had the chance to fix the border, the border with his own state, for over a decade. Now clueless, uneducated know-nothings want to give four more years? I have yet to meet a McCain backer in the flesh (I cannot fault them as I can’t imagine who would ever want to admit that) but I can hardly wait to find out how they could possibly defend such a long history of wasting our nation’s time and money.

    McCain is the part of Washington that is broken. We must fix it.

    I have researched every candidate and clearly Mike Huckabee is the answer.

    Go Huckabee!

    January 25, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Katrina

    That is a funny artical, I think the GOP candidates my as well stop and "hang up there cleats" cause no matter what they have no realistic way of winning the election anyway. Smart American's do not want "more of the same" and that is what someone would get with any GOP except Ron Paul who is the smartest out of the bunch. signed Common Sense

    January 25, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. TC

    First of all, he was joking. Have a sense of humor.

    Secondly, McCain is considered a "MODERATE", NOT an extreme right.

    People like him. I like him. And I'm voting for him.

    January 25, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Stallone vs Norris: BATTLE OF THE CEMENT HEADS!!!

    January 25, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Chuck to Stallone

    Now there is two people that I want endorsing the supposed future presidents possibles of this country. Both of these men are men of violence. Chuck Norris who ate his own Grandma, and has facts written about him being the worlds toughest man. Stallone and the new Rambo, hey lets fix all our problems with a bow and arrow, just kill everyone and live in a bloodfield. I'm glad to know our future is safe with Chuck and Stallone backing these republican politicians. Frankly, I endorse Romney, can I get in on the fighting too?
    Though I must say it would be an amazing fight, Sly vs. Chuck, the worlds toughest men may have taken one to many hits in the head for me to be listening to what they say about politics!

    January 25, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Gerry, Tucson, AZ

    Would you people wake up!!! I've had to deal with McCain for years in Arizona, and he is not the man for the presidency, let alone for Arizona. He needs to retire and leave the running of the country (one large business) to the only capable businessman running. Mitt Romney

    January 25, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Liam

    Norris and Stone, Plus Reagan, George Murphy, Sonny Bono, Fred Thompson, Gopher from Love Boat, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Charlton Heston, and on and on.

    The Republicans are always claiming that the other party is under the thrall of Hollywood, but it is actually the Republican Party that has always opted to put those who pretend for a living into exalted positions in their own party.

    Isn't it about time that the media took stock of that reality, instead of allowing the Republican Party to get away with their Hollywood Fairy Tales!

    January 25, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. David Adams

    Sylvester is a movie star. He pretends to be tough.
    Chuck Norris does it for real.

    January 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. JK

    Silly man, doesn't he know that when Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down?

    When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

    Sly doesn't stand a chance.

    January 25, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Molly Weasley

    I understand that Wilfred Brimley also has endorsed McCain. Personally, I'm waiting for a Wilfred Brimley-Chuck Norris Smackdown.

    January 25, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Chris

    Too many irrelevant posts for this topic. No biased Ron Paul supporter / Democrat supporter hatred toward Republicans here.?

    Huckabee & McCain had to come up with some sort of response to the moderators question about Chuck and both candidates had good comebacks. Good for them...

    January 25, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Ed, NC

    Chuck Norris should get back on his excercise machine.

    January 25, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Jr., California

    McCain's military experience alone will not win over the hearts of most Americans. He is clueless about the economy, and his stance on illegal immigration is vague. I am also a bit concerned about his mental stability because of his POW experience.

    But, if it comes down to McCain vs. Hillary/Bill, being a democrat, I will cast my support for McCain simply to break the Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton cycle. I myself, want new blood in the White House. Its really as simple as that.

    January 25, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. AJ, IL

    Don't fool yourselves. Stallone is endorsing McCain because Stallone has another RAMBO (6 or 7?) movie coming out soon. If some of you may recall, in the RAMBO movies, RAMBO saved guys like McCain from Vietnam prison camps and took on the Soviets.

    Also remember that Stallone is a former porn actor who became Hollywood icon by playing tough guys like RAMBO and ROCKY while taking steroids. Norris was a former military guy who actually practiced martial arts and won tournaments and then become a Hollywood actor playing nearly all tough guy parts, like MISSING IN ACTION and DELTA FORCE.

    January 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Jerry

    Yes, he's to old not only for the job as President but also the Senate, there should be a term limit to all elected officials in Washington, most of them think they own the government and they can simplity do as they please without having to answer to the people that elected them. If there was a law that would send them to prison for taking bribes and kickbacks from cooperate America none of them would want to serve in congress

    January 25, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. jp/michigan


    January 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9