February 15th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Cafferty: Who would win McCain-Obama generational battle?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/15/art.mcobama.gi.jpg caption=" John McCain and Barack Obama shake hands at the debate prior to the New Hampshire primary in January."]

If John McCain and Barack Obama end up facing each other in November, it would be a historic election representing a true generational battle.

The match-up would pit the 71-year-old McCain, who if elected would become the oldest president ever, against the 46-year-old Obama, who would be one of the youngest.

We're starting to get a glimpse of what this race would be all about. By seizing on the mantle of change, Obama has drawn record numbers of young voters to the polls who see him a something of a rock star.

And, after their respective victories in the Potomac Primaries on Tuesday, both men seemed to set their sights on each other. McCain called hope a "powerful thing", saying he's seen men's hopes tested in hard and cruel ways.

He then went on to contrast his POW experience with Obama's speeches, adding: "To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude." Those would be classified as "fightin' words."

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