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April 18th, 2008
05:20 PM ET

What’s younger than John McCain?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain has been known to say he's "older than dirt" and has "more scars than Frankenstein."

If he wins, he will be 72 and the oldest president to ever serve a first term. McCain says his age is no big deal, but for purposes of giving the Cafferty File something light to end the week with, it is.

A Democratic operative has started a web site called "Younger than John McCain” Steven Rosenthal presents a short video that lists things younger than the Republican candidate including: FM radio, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coke in a can, Velcro, Pakistan, McDonald's and Burger King... to name a few.

Rosenthal tells the Washington Post, quote: "McCain comes from another time, an old war-horse stuck in the past with an old-world view of things." He says the videos are meant to show in a funny way how "out of touch and clueless he is."

The McCain camp had no comment on the video, which comes just after Congressman John Murtha, a Clinton supporter, said McCain is too old to be president.

With no disrespect intended and knowing John McCain himself has a terrific sense of humor, we ask the following:

What would you include on a list of things that are "younger than John McCain"?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: John McCain
April 18th, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Appropriate role for former presidents?

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Cairo on Thursday. Carter also met with top Hamas officials in both Egypt and Syria. (PHOTO CREDIT:AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former President Jimmy Carter has been making waves this week with his trip to the Middle East.

Today, Carter met with an exiled Hamas politician in Damascus, Syria. Earlier this week, he met with two other senior Hamas politicians in Cairo.

Carter's trip drew condemnation from the U.S. and Israeli governments; both consider Hamas a terrorist organization. Carter has said he's not a negotiator, but that he's "just trying to understand different opinions and... provide communications between people who won't communicate with each other." Critics say it's not useful to engage in diplomacy with a group like Hamas, and most Israeli officials have refused to meet with Carter.

His trip raises larger questions about what exactly former presidents should be doing with their time out of office, which could be many years for someone like Bill Clinton or the current President George Bush. In recent years, Clinton teamed up with former President George H.W. Bush to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Clinton also has a foundation that deals with issues like HIV/AIDS and climate change, and Carter has donated countless hours to Habitat for Humanity.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has said that if she's elected president, she would make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world to help repair our tattered image abroad.

But is there a line these men who used to hold the highest office in the land shouldn't cross?

Here’s my question to you: What’s the appropriate role for former presidents?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Jimmy Carter
April 18th, 2008
01:51 PM ET

Winning over undecided Pennsylvania voters

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Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. Democratic debate hosted by ABC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's crunch time in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are down to their last weekend of campaigning before Tuesday's primary.

And the stakes couldn't be much higher – especially for Clinton. The latest average of polls taken there shows her ahead of Obama by just 5 points, down sharply from the double-digit lead she had held for months.

Although Clinton is expected to win, the key is by how much. The Wall Street Journal reports anything less than a double-digit victory could make Obama appear more and more like the inevitable nominee. This could also trigger a flow of superdelegates into Obama's camp. On the other hand, a strong Clinton win might persuade superdelegates to at least stay neutral a while longer.

Experts say Clinton needs to win in Pennsylvania by at least 8 to 10 points in order for voters in the other upcoming states – like Indiana and North Carolina – to see it as a real victory.

A loss in Pennsylvania could be the end for Clinton, putting a lot of pressure on her to drop out. New Jersey Governor and Clinton supporter Jon Corzine says a loss would be a "door closer.” He calls it a key state because she needs to win the popular vote. Clinton aides point out they've been outspent by Obama by as much as 3-to-1 in the state and if he can't deliver, it's another sign he can't win big states.

Meanwhile, polls show that after 6 weeks of intense campaigning in Pennsylvania, about 9% of voters are still unsure who they'll support.

Here’s my question to you: In this last weekend before the Pennsylvania primary, what do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have to do to win over late undecided voters?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton