Schumer, Reid Call on McCain to Release Medical Records

by: Matt Stoller

Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 17:55


Senator Chuck Schumer calls on McCain to release his medical records.

Senator Harry Reid calls on McCain to release his medical records.

John Aravosis noted that McCain didn't tell anyone he had cancer surgery during the Republican primary, but waited until after he won to admit he had surgery to remove cancerous cells.  1,954 doctors have already signed the open letter to McCain asking him to release his medical records (via KathyG).  And I took video of Senator Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer calling on McCain to release his medical records.  Here's the transcript:

Question:  What do you think the relevance of John McCain's cancer is on this election?

Schumer: I don't know the relevance but I will say this.  When you're running for President everything should be public including your full medical records.  I believe in the right to privacy but when you're running for President which is such an important job the need of the public to know supercedes it.

I can't seem to upload Reid's video, the transcript is below.  The video will be on our OpenLeft account on Youtube.

Question: What is the relevance of John McCain's cancer to this election?

Answer: When we're talking about the President of the United States, health issues are extremely important.  We learned that going back a long time ago, when you guys weren't around, when Tom Eagleton because of his depression had had shock treatment.  So this isn't something we just dreamed up, it's important, Eagleton had to drop out, and select a new Vice Presidential nominee.  So I think there should be total transparency when a person is running for President of the United States.  And it may be when President Bush went and had some things burned off of his head or John McCain a month ago had a little thing burned off his face.  I think it's important.

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Good (4.00 / 1)
besides all the obvious non-political reasons McCain really does need to disclose his records, this also plays into Palin's falling numbers.  The lower her numbers, the more politically important McCain's medical records become.

McC's military records too! (0.00 / 0)
Why does J.S. McCain refuse to release his military records?
What is he hiding there? Can it be that he really is not a great hero, but something else, something much less?
oldswede

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Excellent work, Matt! (0.00 / 0)
I hope the traditional media picks up on this.  

McCain + Cancer = (0.00 / 0)
PALIN! - OMG!!!

with mccains and palins (0.00 / 0)
not releasing med and financial records completely can there be any doubt that they would resume the dark ages style of governing like 43 and darth vader before them.  

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