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Is John McCain Too Old to Be President?

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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2008

PlusIs John McCain Too Old to Be President?Is John McCain Too Old to Be President?The Associated PressSome voters say they're concerned about 71-year-old John McCain's advanced age. However, medical experts say age should not be a factor in voters' decisions. (July 14)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] John McCain embraces what he calls his "oldness" SOT"you know friends, i'm past the age when I can claim the word kid, no matter what adjective preceeds it"The Republican presidential candidate turns 72 later this summer. If he wins the general election, he'll be the oldest person to assume the presidency.SOTLeonard Steinhorn/American University "he's getting on the upper end of the comfort zone for americans who wonder if he's going to have the vigor and the health as president"McCain's opponent, Barack Obama, will soon be 47.An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests that McCain's advanced age is more of an issue for voters than Obama's relative youth. SOTLeonard Steinhorn "mccain is old but he wants to come off youthful, and fears coming off outdated. Obama is young, he wants to come off wise and fears coming off naive"While age is being raised as a campaign issue, medical experts say voters shouldn't be worried, SOTLauran Neergard He's in very good general health at this point. He has issues that are common with everybody who is agingAssociated Press medical writer Lauran Neergard viewed McCain's medical records in 1999, and for a second time earlier this year. One of her main concerns was his history of melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer.SOTLauran Neergard"he's doing very well. He has not had a recurrence, and the longer you go without a recurrence, the better your chances of not having a recurrence"A person who reaches 70 can expect to live another 15 years. For a president entering office in their seventies, that could work out to two terms in office, plus time for writing memoirs. ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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