January 22, 2008 / 12:26 AM / 11 years ago

McCain trashes Norris' talk about his age

MIAMI, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Republican John McCain threatened to call out his nonagenarian mother on Monday to get actor Chuck Norris to stop talking about him being too old to serve as president.

"I’m going to send my 95-year-old mother to just go over and wash Chuck Norris’ mouth out with soap," McCain quipped at a new conference.

The Arizona senator, 71, spoke when asked about a claim by Norris, a 67-year-old Hollywood action star who is campaigning for rival Mike Huckabee, that he is too old to handle the pressures of the White House.

"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," Norris said on Sunday at a fundraiser he hosted for Huckabee at his Texas ranch.

McCain, a white-haired former fighter pilot, would be the oldest first-term president ever if elected.

Fresh from a win in South Carolina’s primary election on Saturday, McCain arrived in Miami on Monday to begin a weeklong sprint of campaign appearances across much of Florida.

Polls in Florida show a tight race in which McCain leads in a diverse state with a large number of retirees. (Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Eric Beech)

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