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May 24th, 2008
09:25 PM ET

What's in McCain's health records?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

As a doctor, I have never reviewed medical records quite the way I did today. Senator McCain’s staff gathered a handful of reporters to Fountain Hills, Arizona at a small hotel. It was sort of a strange day. For starters, it was raining today, and from what they tell me, it hardly ever rains here in May. Then, after days of getting specific rules and regulations about how exactly this would work, the McCain staff decided to leak the records ahead of time to the Associated Press. Nice. Gather reporters from all over the country on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend for a super secret document release, and then leak them beforehand. Needless to say, a few of the reporters were pretty frosted.

Read the rest of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report here.


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Apple in Tampa

    I agree with Casey in CA, federal employees are not allowed to work past 65? I guess it's good he released his medical records but why the delay? He's still 71 right? So the medical checkup didn't change his age and that's what I thought was the problem prior to the checkup.

    May 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    With people living longer than they used to it only follows that they will work longer too. Not everyone "ages" at the same rate – McCain is healthier and sharper than a lot of 60 year olds I've seen. Since his age isn't slowing him down I don't see it as an issue.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 26, 2008 at 8:01 pm |
  3. andy

    A man his age should be banned from driving, let alone be the President Of The United States. What age does amnesia kick in? Lol.

    May 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    We don't need his medical records to know he's just too old. Federal employees aren't allowed to work past age 65... but the POTUS can?

    Why is McCain always so angry? He's an old crankypants and who knows what kind of PTSD he harbors? This country cannot afford 4 years of Russian Roulette, spinning the barrel to see if the bullet of Alzheimer's shows up.

    May 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  5. Deb C

    MCain's skin cancer - same spin by all, except one report by Dr. Nancy Schneiderman [sp?, Today Show], was truthful enough to add that anyone that has suffered the different types of skin cancer's [i.e., squamous cell] he has, and living where he lives, will most assuredly suffer another skin cancer bout and that he is in pretty good health, not excellent health, for a 70+-year-old. If it walks, talks and acts like another episode is bound to occur, then that's what it is and if it walks, talks and acts like "pretty good health", then that's what it is. This country is so filled with cover up and spin, it's incredible. And you want to raise honest, caring children. HA!

    May 26, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  6. Deb C

    Whatever interpretive spin the media, friends, medical personnel want to put on McCain's health report, go right ahead. Speaking on what I saw – photo/video op, descending a short flight of steps, a Black woman walking behind him, looking very much like a "caretaker" of some sort and his wife at his side holding his elbow, not him holding hers, each at different times appeared to be either holding him up or guiding him, all very gently, of course, down this set of steps. Why?

    May 26, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  7. Lin

    Ambien!? So when Hillary is taking that 3AM phone call, we may logically assume that it is McCain that is making the phone call after taking Ambien. Bizarre behavior has been widely reported shortly after taking this sleep medication each night, including late night phone calls, driving, cooking in the kitchen - all with no recollection. A brand new reason to be afraid of John McCain

    May 26, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    Gosh, you guys are really struggling for news in this election.
    He is alive and kicking, and a such should not have to go public with his private medical history which every citizen has a right to keep private. As do his doctors!!
    If you treat voters as resposible people( they are) they will consider whether his age (consequently any deleterious effects of that on his ability to be President) and then decide to vote for him or not.
    In that decision each voter might want to consider who he choses as VP in deciding whether his age (health) is an issue and therefore whether the VP is someone the constitution says will follow him if the untoward happens and they vote on that joint idea.
    I dispute totally the validity of the idea that his candidacy requires him (driven by media pressure) to go public with this information.
    He could live to be 100 or have a stroke tomorrow, and even the best Doctors cannot predict that.
    My point is that if Mr.McCain himself knows from his doctors that his health is not good enough to take on the role it is up to him recuse himself gracefully for personal reasons, and in the process enhance his personal stature and that of republicans generally.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 26, 2008 at 1:42 am |
  9. Tammy, Oregon

    Listen I don't care about Mcsane medical records he flip flops on everything he said so far. This is about Hillary not apologize to Obama for her RFK remarks. Hillary is very stubborn, what a waste of vote.

    May 25, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  10. ron

    This guy can't stick with his plans. His wife would not release tax records than does. Seeks endorsments then runs from them knowing the views prior. Stay in Iraq for one hundred years the will bring everyone home by the end of his first term. fights for campaign reform then hire a bunch of lobbyist to run his. want to run a clean race and does not say anything about ads in Tenn. and president Bush's comments in Israel.

    Talks about Obama flip flopping

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 25, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  11. Dominic Haberman Hattiesburg, MS

    Ultimately, the manner in which they handled the release of these records, no mattter how favorable they are, will raise more questions about McCain's long term health than they answer. McCain's campaign had a wonderful opportunity to put to rest any concerns regarding his health to the general public. Instead, they only provide reporters three hours to scan through thousands of pages without any notes or photocopies, and leak information to the public to try to guide the outcome of the results. The unfortunate part is that McCain does appear to be in excellent health. I am not convinced, and I assume many others will not be either, because the way this was handled smells of spin and appears a little deceptive because of the way this information was presented. If he is in good or excellent health, it made no sense to limit the time and manner of reporting this information like there was something to hide within the records.

    May 25, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  12. Spider

    This should, but I doubt it will, put to rest any questions about McCain's health in relation to his election to the Presidency. His physical well-being seems to be above average for a man of his age and history. That makes him a healthy, mature, experienced and knowledgeable candidate for the highest office in the land.

    No Obomination in the White House.
    Write in Hillary Clinton.
    McCain '08
    Clinton '12/'16

    May 25, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Sounds like McCain is in better health than a lot of us who are younger and that his health is as good as he said it was. Hopefully the release of his records will ensure that his health doesn't become another distraction in the campaign.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 25, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  14. Sharon

    I suppose I should have read the rest of you report before asking my question ....
    he had an extensive dissection of his left neck and the removal of 34 lymph nodes, along with a stage 2A melanoma.
    You also mentioned he sometimes has a hard time sleeping , is that consistent with aging?

    May 25, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  15. Sharon

    I was wondering what is wrong witht the left side of his face? Why does it look so swollen?

    May 25, 2008 at 8:42 am |
  16. Cecil Jones

    There's nothing in McCain's medical records that we already didn't know. It's like Eminem wrapping in the finals against Papa Doc and the 313. He is old. He has had cancer. His wife makes more money. He is angry. His father died from a stroke at 70. McCain is 71. Oh snap! How is anyone going to tell us something we don't know to disqualify him. Drop the mic and listen to the silence. Democrats can't beat McCain based on the obvious. We've got to blow this election and we are doing a great job following the Loserman strategy. All that's left is for Hillary to cry "Victim" and take her loyal girls and boy toys with her. Lieberman just happens to be McCain's closest supporter and he set this path for other Democrats. Hillary sits right beside him in her thinking.

    May 25, 2008 at 4:34 am |
  17. EJ

    After seeing that report, I am actually more concerned than I was before. I was not going to vote for McCain anyway but I was thinking his age & health were only going to be a slight factor. I see that he actually has tons more health issues than I thought.

    And after seeing everything that all those Presidents hid from Americans on Sanjay's special this evening – that's even more concerning.

    I guess he just has to pick an excellent VP (not simply a "young" VP).

    May 25, 2008 at 12:29 am |
  18. Tom Vire

    It's not all that strange when you consider who's medical records they are to begin with..Why should anyone's records who's running for public office be super secret? This man's whole life according to him and his wife should be super secret..Like Bush, they already think they have to answer to no one..Not even the American people..He'll find out in Nov. just how wrong he is..

    May 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  19. Rosa Smith

    Honestly even after finding out McCains medical records and getting the "ok" from the top doctors on his health still does not convince me that he is healthy enough for presidency. America is in a really tough situation right now and I would strongly worry about the future of this country if McCain becomes president. I've seen that Obama has signifacantly shown his potential and through him I know that we can get this country back on its feet again moving forward.

    May 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
  20. bernice

    Really WHO cares!!

    May 24, 2008 at 11:15 pm |