NAVASOTA, TX - "Look at the presidents in the past. Look at George W. Look at how he's aged in seven years. He's aged 3 to 1 in seven years. Bill Clinton, he aged 3 to 1. Former President Bush, who I saw a lot – I saw him age in those four years," Mike Huckabee supporter Chuck Norris told reporters at his Texas ranch during a fund-raiser for Huckabee on Sunday.
Norris continued, "I'm thinking now, if John takes over the presidency at 72 and, if he ages 3 to 1. How will he be in four years?...Can he handle that kind of pressure in that job?"
The 67-year-old actor-producer-martial-arts-expert said he has known "John" over twenty years and "loves" the guy. But, for him, deciding who to support for president came to a matter of "youth and energy, the vision and communication skills to make it work."
The subject came up when a reporter asked Huckabee if it would be more effective to run a negative campaign than a positive one. Huckabee said, "it might be but then at the end of the campaign, what have you done. The phrase comes to mind, if you gain the whole world and lose your soul, what does it profit you."
Norris, standing next to Huckabee, announced, "He doesn't want to talk about it. I will," dealing some blows on Huckabee's behalf. The actor said he opposed Giuliani's views on gay marriage and abortion and called Romney a "very shallow" candidate who campaigned with a "memorized script."
Someone asked Huckabee if he agreed McCain was too old.
"Only John McCain and his hairdresser know for sure," Huckabee joked; the two men are both balding.
"I think he's got a lot of vigor. I think he's a very capable man," Huckabee said. "I think what Chuck's point is…it is a very stressful position…I don't think he is, I'm not going to say he's too old. I think he's got a lot of inner strength; good genetic factors from his mom, so, I don't know. I know more about whether I am fit to do it and I think I am. I'm 52 years old and I'm capable, ready, tuned up, everything but tanned."
"So you're ready to age 12 years in the next four?" a reporter chimed in.
"I've about aged 12 years in the last one!" Huckabee responded.