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John Murtha Says McCain is Too Old

He's Unstoppable Now — But Is McCain Too Old?

Yesterday Democratic Rep. John Murtha said that Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. Murtha might have a unique perspective on the age-factor: Murtha himself is 75, four years older than McCain. He says the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.

"I've served with seven presidents. When they come in, they all make mistakes. They all get older. This one guy running is about as old as me. Let me tell you something, it's no old man's job."

That "one guy" running, if elected would be the oldest man to become president at age 72. McCain's take-it-easy, senior citizen's schedule in the past few days has included a wild turn with Chris Matthews on Hardball, a big announcement about cutting the gas tax for the summer, and a slot as the cover boy for New York magazine. That's more than I've done in the past 48 hours, for sure.

Ronald Reagan may have famously quipped while campaigning for a second term at 72, that he was not going to exploit his opponent's "youth and inexperience" when the question of his age surfaced — but is Murtha right? Is McCain the answer to the question, "How old is too old?"


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Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
Leave him alone, Democrats. I'm sick of McCain being harassed because he's "too old." That's no excuse, and if a candidate's age is used against him, then that's just as prejudiced as race and gender being used against someone.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
:cry: :hugs: Ha ha! I am so happy, you're so happy :) I love being able to discuss our opinons too.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Hugs all around! I didn't mean to put the U in there, hartsfull!! I am a terrible speller, you will come to find that pretty soon! :) I am so happy to have a place with so many insightful people with different opinions that they share with me. Love it!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Man, I also said how often things I say come out all wrong. Was this one of those times? I repent! I'm sorry!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I've just come back. Jill, were you MEANING to put the U instead of a in my name??? Am I hUrtfull? Syako, is always respectful. I know you already agreed and I'm preaching to the choir now. I just wanted to second the motion. :) Jill, we were having a productive convo! I was loving it too. I really enjoyed it. I wasn't being mean earlier was I? I was just trying to give my friends a hard time. It was just a joke. I hope I didn't offend anybody :oops: You and Liberty are smart women! I was workin' with you two. I looked for a smiley wiping her brow but didn't find it.
syako syako 9 years
:hug: I need a bunch of those today! :(
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Here you go JIll :hug:
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Only because Rep. John Murtha looks like he is at death's door and tired worn out doesn't mean that MC doesn't take care of himself. Seriously, can we get to the issues at hand. Who cares who is old, who is downing shots, who pastor is crazy. I want to know what they can do for me and this country.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Feel the force Jillness only then can you make the huggy smiley.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
syako, if I could make the huggy smiley I would do it! Can't find it on my cheat sheet though! ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I could listen to that 100 years response for ..... a hundred years ;)
syako syako 9 years
Yeah and I didn't mean for it to come off as harsh.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I agree the 100 years response does get old! :) No hard feelings, I just didn't notice anything that offensive on this thread.
syako syako 9 years
sorry but I guess tone and facial expressions don't translate well online... wasn't meant to be a harsh blow more an observation. I just noticed that it seems every time there's a thread about mccain someone (not one user in particular, but at least one person) will bring up the 100 years comment. It gets old just like it gets old talking about the same thing over and over (like wright or bitter stuff)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"it's funny how obamaniacs get pissy when we bring up stuff like wright or bittergate and say that was oh, so last week, but you guys keep dragging the same thing (despite it being debated many times here) on every. single. thread." Wow, that was really disrespectful. I have come to expect more out of you, syako. What "Obamaniac" was dragging the same thing into every single thread? This one is about McCain. Hurtsfull is on your team, remember, she had to "hold me off"...even though we were having what I thought was a productive discussion about the education system. If there was an emoticon for hissy catty noises, I would insert it right here.
krys786 krys786 9 years
hypnoticmix, that's a scary thought!!!! Haha I didn't know the life expectancy = McCain's age!! Good news for him though...his mother is like 94 right now, so maybe he's got her genes!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
In my opinion age is just a number, however if you want look at statistics according to the life expectancy for white males living in the U.S. John McCain is scheduled to die...uhm right now.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Syako: Don't worry, BO's on a roll, he just keeps providing us with new material. I'm sure there will be another "misstatement" for us to discuss next week. :EVIL:
syako syako 9 years
it's funny how obamaniacs get pissy when we bring up stuff like wright or bittergate and say that was oh, so last week, but you guys keep dragging the same thing (despite it being debated many times here) on every. single. thread.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think there are some things that do go with time. We can't ignore that, it wouldn't be realistic. Just as it isn't insulting to suggest that people over 65 should get their driving skills tested regularly. Some responsibilities require physical stamina. Not to say that he couldn't do it, but I don't think it absurd to consider it. Being President is a very big responsibility.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
who cares if mccain is a nice man, old or young, he's talking about being in iraq/the middle east for another 100 years! he's an idiot. he should be focusing on the only real problem existing in the world today: climate change. then again maybe he is! maybe his 'strategy' is to keep troops in iraq only until the polar ice caps melt and the zagros mountains have become a seaside resort for paris hilton's great grandchildren.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I have to go. I feel my daughters eyes burning in my back! She REALLY wants to have the computer. Bye :wave:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I wrote that before I saw your last post.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Tiff, I think I know what you're asking about. Here's where they took off! J.K.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
lol! I just wanted to know which post you were fighting on your own in- when you had to fend off Liberty, Jillness, and Steph.
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