April 11th, 2008
02:29 PM ET
15 years ago

Cafferty: Dean: Voters worry about McCain’s “old-fashioned” ideas

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some voters are worried John McCain will bring "old-fashioned" views into the White House if he wins.

Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee says that swing voters in focus groups raised the issue of McCain's age on their own.

McCain, at 72, would be the oldest president elected to a first term. Dean says voters were concerned about both his health and his outdated ideas. For example – Some women were shocked at his support for abstinence-only sex education and his opposition to health insurance paying for birth control pills. They reportedly said, "This guy is out of step with what modern views are." No kidding.

Dean says even though McCain's age is a factor for voters, he doubts the Democratic Party will use it as an issue during the general election, adding that "there's a somewhat higher ethical bar on our side of the aisle." Please.

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