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