October 8th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Age, health questions continue for McCain

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(CNN) - Meghan McCain was on the talk-show couch, being grilled by the hosts of "The View." Does it bother her to hear jokes about her father's age? Megan, 23, started chuckling, and allowed, "He IS old!" Tension was replaced by laughter. But that was summer. These days, for Republican Sen. John McCain, age is no laughing matter.

Watch: Is McCain fit to be president?

Age as political issue has become a reality the McCain campaign does indeed have to face. McCain turned 72 in August, which would make him the oldest man to begin a first term as president - three years older than Ronald Reagan.

Clips of McCain making supposed age-related gaffes circulate on the Internet. Last month, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and a supporter of Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, said McCain's age and skin cancer history were fair game as a campaign issue. "We're talking about a reality here that we have to face."

All this skates over the fact that McCain already allowed reporters a peek at eight years worth of health records, dating back to 2000, while Obama has released a one-page summary from his doctor. McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said it's a double standard. "The arbiters of this election are not demanding the same level of disclosure about Sen. Obama. He's essentially running on a doctor's note. I had a harder time getting out of high school math class."

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    October 8, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Fighting to elect Obama Since he is must be politically correct!

    Did any one else notice during the end of the debates when Obama went to shake Mcain's hand, Mcain turned away from Obama as a sign of total disrespect? I was completely appalled at MCain's lack of grace under pressure.

    October 8, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Oh so the Dems think when you get past a specific age you should be carted off..ya that's who I want in charge...when will the camps open so we can move the old people there. How about yuo gets get a life. And lets talk about records. Where are Obama's school records? Where are the public records from his time in state office? I'm thinking he's been talking to Bill because it seems the Dems have this thing about losing public records...now wait they were not lost they were stolen...by who???? A Dem who the Dem controlled congress decided not to do anything about...interesting..not that CNN will let anyone read this.

    October 8, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. jas60

    To me, the actions of both candidates after the debate were most telling. McCain and his wife left, while Obama and his wife stayed and mingled with the voters. This tells me that Obama will not let any opportunity to talk to an uncommitted voter go by, even in a state like Tennessee where he is far behind. McCain's leaving early tells me that maybe, in his heart of hearts, he doesn't want this job badly enough. Or maybe he's just tired.

    October 8, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Lisa

    Ok, he is old. My grandfather is 68 and he is sharp as a tack, but he could not be president. He is always falling asleep. McCain is tired and it shows. He needs to go to Cindy's plastic surgeon for a little, well ok lots of work. It would not matter, you can be plastic on the outside but inside your heart, your brain they are all 72.

    October 8, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Vincent Spaulding

    While McCain has the physical problems that have not been scrutinized in detail, it's obvious that he also has emotional, temperamental and mental stability problems that have had absolutely no evaluation. McCain is a loose cannon by any definition and a potentially dangerous one given his propensity for rage and anti social behavior. He would make a terrible president and thankfully most of America has begun to see it that way.

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Ohiovoter

    Obama looked like a DUNCE last night. HE DOESN'T KNOW JACK about anything. HE'S A DING-DONG. McCain made him look like a schoolboy – B.O. knows he doesn't have what it takes. Step aside, young man, and let the experienced driver take the wheel. Oh, by the way – John Kerry won all his debates, too. Ha ha ha ha

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Patrick Henry,Ft. Myers

    It wouldn't matter if McCain had to be rolled in via wheelchair.
    Our constitution does not prohibit discrimination because of age or handicap. I don't care how healthy Barack Hussein Obama is...John Sidney McCain is a better man.

    And most important...McCain will never attempt to act on despair as an opportunity to redistribute the fair earnings of Americans (in any tax bracket) or federalize the nations healthcare system.

    Funny how the only entity growing currently is the one organization that pays no taxes, prints it's own money, and creates laws that take the wealth of individuals without their consent.

    NO to socialism...no to Barrack Hussein Obama.

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. carepi

    last night when he was walking, he looked like my grandfather, rather than a president.

    where is his lapel flag pin?????\


    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Palin sells sex

    When you are in good health, there is nothing to report. When you have medical problems, the report is going to be long.

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. MLD ND

    That's why Sarah is so fired up, she has her eye on the big prize and Johnnie boy's age makes her dream very real. Scary huh?

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Ray Fisher

    Both candidates should have complete physicals by an independent physician complete with a psycological evaluation. The job they are competing for calls for complete disclosure of their readiness to serve. America cannot settle for anything less!!!

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Shirley-Ohio

    McCain's age is a huge problem, with Palin being a heart beat away for his job. McCain wobbled when he walked around on the stage last night at the debate, and you dye Palin hair blonde and she is what she is and that is no VP material and she sure as hell is no President material in the event that something happens to McCain.

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. mary mt

    A search should be in place regarding his heath. This is too important to let it go. Wit the pitbull waiting to be president that will be also a dangerous illness

    October 8, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Howard

    CNN is soooooo in the tank for Obama. Just the topics you choose to focus on, like McCain's age .... directing readers to far left blog sites like daily kos, truthdig, etc. ... and lop sided biased reporting from people like Jack Cafferty. Also, it's becoming evident that Factcheck can not be trusted fair and objective. CNN you no longer deserve to be called a news organization !!!

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Tiff of lithia springs

    I respect his mothers genes but she is female. John is male and I don't think that his father is alive. Anyone know what happen to him. And this cancer thing is a concern. Especially since he lives in AZ where sun and heat are brutal.

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Mac in Nova Scotia

    I am two years older than Sen. McCain and although I feel good and am in reasonably good health, I think age is definately a factor that should be considered. I don't find this to be insulting, I find it to be a serious matter to think about when electing a President.

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Mike

    I can not believe anyone can sit here and say that Obama won either debate...

    The man talks in circles and never answers a direct question... I am a democrat and get sick at my stomach everytime I hear him speak...

    I do not know why the Republicans are not pushing the fact that the Democratic Congress is to blame for deregulation and the current housing crisis... especially when they made it so easy for people to buy a $400,000 house when they can only afford a $100,000 house...

    I know a lot of mistakes have been made the last few years but to elect someone again that does not have any experience is insane... we lucked out with Clinton but not with Bush...

    Sad day in America if all of you are blinded by rhetoric!!!

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. mama4obama

    His mental health is of more concern to me than his actual physical health. However, when you put the fact that Palin would take over if he does happen to depart...that is when I truly shake in fear for this country.

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. The Grim Reaper

    Don't worry John, I'll be voting for Obama in November.

    October 8, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Older

    McSame is 72 which I think would be ok if he were running for a less demanding job. We should not discriminate against age, but older folks like McSame should have more sense to not run for the most demanding job in the country. Since he is running, his older age has to be considered. He could have least, being older, chosen a more qualified VP just in case he had won and something happened to him.

    October 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. lu

    He certainly showed his age last night in the debate. He looked worn.....referring to Obama as "that one" was not very presidential, downright rude.

    October 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Michael

    McCaskill has a lot of gall talking about impediments. She has a brain the size of an ACORN.

    October 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Tony

    Tucker Bounds is only second to Palin as the biggset imbecile on the planet.

    If McCain wanted to be honest with the American people his campagin slogan would have been,

    "Whine with McCain / Palin."



    October 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Kelby from Houston, TX

    With the kind of campaign that McCain is running, we should really be questioning his integrity. With the recent statements of Palin, during her stump speeches, it has become clear that the McCain campaign, if not the man himself, has already lost ALL integrity and honor. It has become clear that they know what the truth is and they still continue to spout lies

    October 8, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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