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Published:September 26th, 2008 15:28 EST
McCain's Skin Cancer Subject of Political Ad

McCain's Skin Cancer Subject of Political Ad

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Two liberal political action committees are making an issue of John McCain`s past bouts with skin cancer in a television commercial that features his facial scar and demands that the Republican presidential nominee release his medical records to the public.

`John McCain is 72 years old and had cancer 4 times,` the ad`s text says over a black-and-white image of McCain with the left side of his face bandaged after surgery in 2000. `

Why won`t McCain release his medical records?`"

Associated Press/Jim Kuhnhenn

Some Republicans are waxing apoplectic insisting that this ad is beyond the pale, but McCain`s health is a legitimate campaign issue. McCain, 72, has survived a couple of bouts with cancer, and his five and a half years as a prisoner of war has left him with permanent disabilities.

The electorate has a right to know the depth of McCain`s disabilities, he should immediately release his medical records. When I buy a used car I am not out of line to ask for the car`s maintenance record, and I`m not out of line to ask for the medical records of a presidential candidate who may be our next commander-in-chief.

McCain`s reckless, desperate and cynical selection of a woman who is unqualified to be vice-president make it all the more urgent that he release his medical records.

It`s not only McCain`s physical health that has me worried, his many recent gaffes also make me wonder about his mental acuity. McCain should promise that if he is diagnosed with Alzheimer`s disease, he will immediately step down.

"In May, McCain made 1,173 pages of medical documents available to a small group of reporters to examine for a several hours. His campaign did not release the documents and reporters were not allowed to make copies."

Associated Press

This is unacceptable, McCain must release his med records to the press. I hope Brave New PAC and Democracy for America will run the ad every day until McCain releases his med records.