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McCain's Primary Opponent Says He's Too Old for the Job

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By    |   Friday, 26 Aug 2016 03:29 PM

Sen. John McCain's primary opponent in Arizona is launching a last-ditch effort to beat the former presidential candidate on Tuesday by saying he could die in office.

Former State Sen. Kelli Ward, a physician, delved into McCain's age by noting his upcoming 80th birthday, saying in an interview with Politico, "I'm a doctor. The life expectancy of the American male is not 86. It's less."

When asked about it during an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Ward said: "John McCain is falling down on the job," according to The Washington Post. "He has gotten weak. He has gotten old. I do want to wish him a happy birthday. He's going to be 80 on Monday, and I want to give him the best birthday present ever — the gift of retirement."

The Post notes that McCain's mother is still with us at 104, and that according to the latest CNN/ORC poll, the senator and Vietnam war hero is trouncing Ward, 55 percent to 29 percent.

But Ward suggested that she's speaking for elderly voters.

"On the campaign trail, to a person, every single voter over the age of 70 that's talked to me have said that they believe John McCain needs to retire," she told MSNBC's Chuck Todd, who seemed surprised.

"Every voter over the age of 70 has told me that because they know what he's going through," Ward continued. "They know his limitations and they don't want that in the United States Senate. As a physician, I have taken care, (of) elderly patients for many, many years. My job has been to assure they have high quality of life. The best way for John McCain and the people of Arizona to have high quality of life is to put John McCain into retirement on Tuesday."

Todd attempted to interject and question her assertion that every voter over 70 agreed on this, and to ask what limitations she meant specifically, but Ward brushed his questions aside.

McCain dismissed Ward's attack.

"It turns people off. I think it harms all of us when you have this level of personal attacks. I don't think it's good for the political process," McCain told Politico. "But it is what it is."

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Sen. John McCain's primary opponent in Arizona is launching a last-ditch effort to beat the former presidential candidate on Tuesday by saying he could die in office.
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