Chuck Grassley, the second oldest member of the Senate, could be your next fitness inspiration.
Grossley (R-Iowa), 87, showed that age was nothing but a 22 push-up challenge with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Tuesday evening at a GOP fundraiser in Sioux Center, Iowa.
“So he and I are going to do 22 pushups,” Grassley said, pointing to the 44-year-old retired Army Captain Cotton.
Cotton told the crowd that he joked with Grassley before coming on stage that he would do push-ups in front of the crowd only if the octogenarian would let him win.
“I think that’s exactly what he said” [backstage] It was that he’d have to do one less than me, because he’s so old, if he tied me up it would be like killing me,” said Cotton, laughing.
“So thanks for taking it easy on me,” he joked.
The President, Pro Tempore Emeritus, appeared barely sweating as he completed the exercise with Cotton, which was to honor the 22 veterans who commit suicide on an average daily.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) kept the count as two lawmakers completed the challenge.
Cotton, who is widely seen as a potential 2024 contender, was at the event as he promoted his newly launched Super Pac, dubbed “Victory to the Giants”.
The group will support Republican veterans running for Congress, and has already backed Reps. Derrick Van Orden (R-Wisk.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wisk.) and Marianet Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).
a political profile On Grassley, published in May, which focused on his political future and his indecision on seeking another 2022 term, revealed that the Iowa senator wakes up at 4 a.m. each day, often going for a two-mile run.
The longtime legislator has held public office since 1959, serving in the Senate since 1981, two of those years in the presidential line of succession.
Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is just four months older than Grassley, has not raised any serious questions about his mental acuity.
As for where he has dealt with those concerns, he told Politico that he often responds with a defense of his record, though sometimes he jumps straight into the push-up challenge.
“You want me to do 35 for you?” He asked.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).