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