McCain: always ready with a quip about his age
BURBANK, Calif. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who turns 72 on Friday, is used to jokes about his age, so when he appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show on Monday he had no trouble countering suggestions he was around for some of the big moments in history.
Host Jay Leno suggested McCain saved Washington, D.C. from British forces in 1814.
“A lot of people think I shouldn’t have,” the Arizona senator joked, playing on widespread disillusionment with all branches of U.S government.
McCain noted, jokingly, that his social security number is ‘eight.’
McCain also suggested Leno could be his running mate. The timing is not quite right — the next president takes office in January and Leno is not due to stand down as Tonight Show host until next May. But Leno didn’t seem interested anyway.
“I can make more doing a week in Vegas. But thanks,” he joked.
McCain — who would be the oldest person to enter the White House for a first term if he won November’s election — plays on his long political experience as a plus factor in the race against Democrat Barack Obama. But some analysts say his age could be offputting to some voters.
- Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (McCain with his wife Cindy at an event in Florida on Aug. 18)