Age trumps youth for Italy’s Berlusconi

June 12, 2008

ROME – Age does matter, at least to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in the U.S. presidential race between 46-year-old Democrat Barack Obama and 71-year-old Republican John McCain.
Asked about the U.S. election as he stood with Republican President George W. Bush at a news conference in Rome, the  Italian leader said he could not express any preference about an election campaign going on in another country.
But Berlusconi could not resist expressing a personal preference for the Republican candidate.
“This is for a very selfish reason, and that is that I would no longer be the oldest person at the upcoming G8 (summit), because McCain is a month older than me,” Berlusconi said.

The Arizona senator, who turns 72 in August, would be the oldest elected first-term president if he wins the November election.

The G8 summit takes place next month in Japan.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Berlusconi gestures during a news conference in Rome, June 12, 2008)


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I think its not about age and more about electing the right person….

Posted by Cool Pilot | Report as abusive

>The G8 summit takes place next month in Japan.
So how he can ignores Japanese prime minister.
Yasuo Fukuda is slightly older than him and McCain.

Posted by EmilScherbe | Report as abusive

[…] Aside from the fact that they’re both on the political right, the other reason Berlusconi’s pick is McCain in the upcoming U.S. election is so that he “would no longer be the oldest person at the upcoming G8″ summit, because McCain is one month his senior. […]

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