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John Murtha: McCain Too Old To Be President

From the Associated Press:

Murtha says McCain too old to be president

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, (AP) –Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday that Republican Sen. John McCain is too old to be president.

Murtha is 75, four years older than McCain. He says they are nearly the same age, and the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age.

“I’ve served with seven presidents,” Murtha told a union audience. “When they come in, they all make mistakes. They all get older.”

“This one guy running is about as old as me,” he said, drawing laughter and applause. “Let me tell you something, it’s no old man’s job.”

If elected, McCain would be the oldest man to become president at age 72. Ronald Reagan became president at age 69, but he served as president for eight years and was just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday when he left office.

Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, made the comments while introducing the candidate he has endorsed, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the AFL-CIO’s Building Trades National Legislative Conference.

Clinton referred to Murtha’s introduction when she took the stage, saying she was grateful to have his endorsement and agreed with his sentiment that it will be difficult to turn around all the damage of the Bush administration. She didn’t mention his comments on McCain’s age, and the campaign sought to distance itself from the comments.

Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said Clinton “considers Senator McCain a friend, and she respects him. But it’s not his age she has a problem with, its [sic] his ideas for the future.” …

What does Mr. Murtha know about running anything – besides his mouth?

By the way, Mr. Berlusconi is also 71. Isn’t it funny how our watchdog media seldom mention that?

Still, Mr. Murtha has a good point. In his case he is surely long past his “sell by date” and should retire.

Of course in a better world he would have long since been forcibly removed from office and sequestered somewhere making big rocks into smaller rocks.

Or whatever they make the most reprehensible senior criminals do as penance in the big house.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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