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McCain's SNL Appearance: 'Oldness' as a Plus

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) took his turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" last night, poking fun at his age and his longtime fight against pork barrel spending:


"I have the the courage, the wisdom, experience and, most importantly, the oldness necessary [to be president]," McCain said.

Given the ongoing debate over the appropriateness of age as an issue in the campaign, McCain is savvy to take it on head-on. In that way, McCain is taking a page from Ronald Reagan who, famously,told Walter Mondale that he wouldn't hold the Minnesota senator's "youth and inexperience" against him.

Like it or not, age -- and the generational difference between McCain and Obama -- is certain to be an undercurrent of this campaign. For McCain to win, he must neutralize it as an issue -- a journey he began last night.

What did you think of the skit? Did it change your perceptions about the way you see McCain (and his age)? The comments section is open. (The Fix is on a mini vacation at Father-in-Law Fix's 60th birthday but will be back Tuesday.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2008; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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