The age of the next president is getting new attention, as action star and WND columnist Chuck Norris thinks Arizona Sen. John McCain is simply too old for the office.
Norris, who is actively campaigning for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, says in his latest column, “John McCain would put on a strong battle against Hillary, though I fear he would be crippled simply on account of the age factor (72 in August). If the presidency ages one at 3-1 year rate, one term could advance McCain into his 80s.”
And at a fundraiser today for Huckabee at his Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota, Texas, Norris said, “I didn’t pick John to support because I’m just afraid that the vice president would wind up taking over his job in that four-year presidency.”
“So we need to find someone that can handle it for four years or eight years … that has the youth and vision and communication skills to make that work.”
Norris, 67, is just four years younger than McCain who turns 72 this summer.
Huckabee, who turns 52 in August, distanced himself from Norris’ remarks, according to the Associated Press.
“Only John McCain and his hairdresser know for sure,” he quipped. “It is a very stressful position. … I’m not going to say he’s too old. I think he’s got a lot of inner strength, good genetic factors by his mom.”
There was no immediate comment from McCain’s campaign.
The issue of age came up in the 1984 presidential race, as some suggested President Ronald Reagan was not up to the task of a second term at age 73.
Reagan effectvely neutralized the issue by quipping during a debate against Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Not only did the response evoke applause and laughter from the audience, but Mondale was seen chuckling as well.