McCain Age is it a factor?

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
September 22, 2008 10:53am CST
I just received an email form a friend who asked if it was fair to consider Senator McCain's age when we do not consider that Senator Obama is a smoker and both his parents died at an early age, making him more likely to die at an early age. Also that Senator Biden has had two nearly fatal brain aneurysms. How much information should we be given and how important is their medical and family history? We could be facing a situation where we are governed by a person who was not elected by the American People.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Bobmnu, Just from the standpoint of your discussion, the fact that Biden has had two near fatal brain aneurisms and seeing who would be next in line after him just scared me out of ten years growth! Nancy Pelosi as president? Heaven forbid!!!
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Oh my god. I would so move to Antartica. No lie.
@4magoo (396)
22 Sep 08
Bob I am older than you so I know what I am talking about ... :-) LOL.... I am still gainfully employed and I do a good job in a relativly complext task ... BUT I have noticed that I am NOT quite as sharp as I used to be. Yep... I have to say it. I am not as sharp as I used to be. I notice each year that not just physcially but mentally things come slower. For the President, I think it is important to balance the vigor of youth with the knowledge gained through experience. I believe that McCain is a bit old. ... There I have said it, he is a bit old. He is 71 now. At the end of his first term he would be 75 and should he get a second term, he would walk out at 79. I think it is tooooo old.
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I think McCain would want to step aside and let Sarah Palin run instead of seeking a second term.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
22 Sep 08
There have been many good older leaders and business people and the reports I have read indicated that he is still sharp and on top of things.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Gee, I feel better already...NOT...lol! Annie
• United States
22 Sep 08
Age is the factor here! To me anyone over 65 should not have any office in the White House. Look at our current president and think about the actions that are present in senile conditions! Hey, Obama smokes ... Cool, finally we might have a real person as president!
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@kyellis (105)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Hi Bob, Are you sure Obama smokes? I had read that he is really health conscious and won't eat anything fried. Anyway, I feel the same way as you. It is pretty scary, but especailly so with Biden and McCain as they are really getting up their in years. McCain is 72 or 73. I'm sorry, but that is really old for running a whole country. Most people have long been retired from their jobs by the time they reach that age. And that would mean if something happened to him we would have Palin running the country. I just don't think she has the experience or ability to run the country. But that is where we would be. I don't know how old Biden is, but he must be getting up there also. I think it is just as important to think about who is going to be the VP as it is the President. So, we should be electing them on equal grouds just because they could eventually become president. It makes me wonder who was running the country towards the end of Regans presidential term as I believe he was already afflicted with Alzhymer (sp?). In some of his speaches he would say somthing from one of his movies like he actually lived it. He was confused at times.
@evanslf (485)
22 Sep 08
In Eastern societies, old age is venerated as it denotes wisdom. Indeed, it is not uncommon for leaders in India and China in particular to be in their 70s and 80s. So in that context, McCain's age shouldn't be a problem. To me however, where it is a problem is that if McCain is elected, Palin will be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. And in view of McCain's age...Enough said.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Kyellis, it has been reported that he was a smoker and was trying to quit. I have never heard that he has quit. I was only pointing out that they all have health issues and as many political people have said FDR would not be elected in todays political climate being in a wheel chair. For that matter neither would have President Lincoln been elected - he had a nervous breakdown and had a wife who did not appear to be mentally well.
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
23 Sep 08
McCain is healthy. He endured more than any of us could have ever endured in Vietnam. His doctors provided 1000 pages of his medical records and they say that this heart is that of a man at least 20 years younger than he is. His mind is sharp. He doesn't look his age. Nor does his mother who is in her 90s. When I saw her at the Republican Convention, I thought she looked about 75 at most. We never know when someone is going to die. If the doctors say McCain is healthy, I think that should be good enough. Personally, I think McCain is the only person who can unite this country like it needs to be once more. Obama - and all his "fans" and the media that is so in love with him that they won't even research his past (instead using his own books as source material?!?) - are so divisive. McCain is not Bush. He won't be a thing like Bush. And from everything I've read about the two candidates, he is the most sincere in wanting to serve the people. Obama's tax plan takes away all the benefits we got under Bush - that will be like a tax increase (without calling it one). Then he wants to put a big increase on anyone making over $250,000. And that includes small businesses. Do any of you work for small businesses? It's possible that you'll be downsized because of Obama's plan. We're not a Robinhood country. Why in the world do people think it's okay to over tax the "rich" to give $1000 checks to the middle class? You know what that is? Bribery.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Kenzie, you should have realized by now that people love the thought of getting something for nothing - the free checks, for instance. Sad that our president will be decided on such trivial things! I believe his accomplishments, his service to the country, his experience, etc., should hold more water than empty promises.
@angela38 (122)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I have a sneaking suspision we wuill see a lot more Bribery going on before the election is over.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
23 Sep 08
Senator McCain's age is not a factor at all.He is experienced and matured politician. He is still energetic. On the otherhand Senator Obama is less experienced.If he elected he will often take help of experienced Vice President Biden. But in case of McCain this will not happen. He is enough to make decision on policy matter. McCain is also a great hearted man. He and his wife adopted a daughter from one of the poorest countries.I think Americans wiil not lose anything if McCain wins in the Presidential race.
@KrauseHome (35526)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Well, personally I think that this has become a Crazy fiasco with too many people worrying about other facts with this Election that what should be the real issues at hand. And true, personally, who is ever guaranteed a tomorrow regardless of age? I think with the Economy the way it is, there are definately worse things we should be thinking about than this.