US Senator John McCain countered claims that he is too old to be president by campaigning with someone who will always consider him young - his mother.
John McCain jokes his mother shows he has good genes
The 71-year-old Republican introduced mother Roberta, 95, to residents of a retirement home in South Carolina.
"I am so happy to be here. I think I'm going to cry," she said.
Mr McCain is considered an outsider in the race for the White House. He trails other Republicans in the polls and in fund-raising figures.
But he appeared to be popular among the 200 elderly residents he met on Wednesday, including Faye Trueblood, the community's self-proclaimed oldest resident at 103.
She said she was a Southern Baptist and a committed Republican.
Senator McCain's campaign manager said that despite a drop in funds his campaign was still on sound financial footing - and gaining momentum in states that vote early in the primary season.