Ward: McCain too old to hold office, Arpaio is not

Sen. John McCain's primary opponent, Kelli Ward, recently retweeted a user who made what appears to be numerous anti-Semitic, homophobic and pro-Nazi statements online. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Arizona Sen. John McCain is too old serve in office.

But Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is four years older than Arizona's senior senator, isn't.

That's the opinion of McCain's longshot Republican primary opponent, Kelli Ward.

"People have to consider how long people have been in office and the success at delivering the policies they would like to see, John McCain’s failed; Joe Arpaio has not," Ward said Friday.

Arpaio faces potential criminal contempt of court and perjury charges.

READ: Judge recommends criminal prosecution of Arpaio in racial profiling case

The emergency room doctor and former state lawmaker created a media buzz Thursday after questioning McCain's fitness to hold office because he turns 80 next week.

Appearing on a national television show, Ward said, "I'm a physician. I see the physiological changes that happen in normal patients again and again and again over the last 20, 25 years, so I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life."

She doubled down on those comments during a Friday taping of 3TV's weekly show, Politics Unplugged.

"I think he's been in Washington D.C. for way too long," she said. "There's a normal aging process we all go through it, the life expectancy of an American male is 76 years of age and he's going to turn 80 and it's something that people should know and consider."

But when asked if voters should consider Arpaio’s ago (he turned 84 this year) she said this: "(Arpaio's) been busy trying to fix the problems John McCain created with his open borders policies."

Current polling shows Ward is trailing McCain heading into next week’s primary election.

And his campaign fired back against Ward today, saying, "at the end of campaign, desperate candidates too often end up embarrassing themselves by launching dishonorable attacks."

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