04/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John McCain To Convene Meeting Of Doctors To Confront Health Questions

Seventy-one-year-old John McCain has used his age mostly as a laugh line on the campaign trail, joking he's as "old as dirt" and has "more scars than Frankenstein."

But Team McCain is quietly starting to get serious about confronting the age issue - it plans to convene an unusual meeting of the senator's doctors next month to answer questions about his health, the Daily News has learned.

At the same time, the Republican presidential hopeful acknowledged last week that some voters may want extra insurance when it comes to electing a septuagenarian - most notably with his choice for vice president.

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