May 23rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Update: McCain in 'excellent health,' doctor says

Sen. McCain, who turns 72 in August, could become the oldest person elected to a first term as president.
Sen. McCain, who turns 72 in August, could become the oldest person elected to a first term as president.

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Arizona (CNN) – - There's no medical reason to prevent Sen. John McCain from being president, the doctor for the presumptive GOP nominee said in a statement the McCain campaign released Friday.

"At the present time, Sen. McCain enjoys excellent health and displays extraordinary energy," said Dr. John D. Eckstein, an internal medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic who has treated the candidate for 16 years.

"While it is impossible to predict any person's future health, today I can find no medical reason or problems that would preclude Sen. McCain from fulfilling all the duties and obligations of president of the United States."

McCain, who turns 72 in August, would be the oldest person to be elected to a first term as president if he wins in November. He has been treated for skin cancer three times and was a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War for 5½ years.

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  1. Anna, SW Missouri

    I would like to know if he has ever had a heart cath done. It is the only definitive way of knowing if he has any blockage within the heart blood vessels.

    May 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Agnostic Democrat

    Other than his mental instability ... and decline which is just a fact of aging. Too old, too unstable, too much flip-flopping and repositioning depending on which way the wind is blowing, too many lobbyists from foreign dictators and other seedy influences, too much like Bush, too many endorsements sought by right-wing, lunatic pastors, too little way too late with the style and substance combination. When will the real John McSham ever stand up and be recognized for what he isn't?

    May 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. RejectandDenounceTheoldman

    We do not care what his doctor says he had health problems and in the top of that he 72 years old this guy would of been forced to retire is he was working some were else. No old man allowed in the white house job requirments a person must be 60 or less to be a president.

    May 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. April in Texas

    Does this include his mental health? All I hear is that hes cancer free and in good physical shape.. I want to know about his mental state..

    May 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. David

    who cares?

    May 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Mikey

    "While it is impossible to predict any person's future health, today I can find no medical reason or problems that would preclude Sen. McCain from fulfilling all the duties and obligations of president of the United States."

    FOR HOW LONG???????

    May 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. peggy lou

    are youi sure – money talk – everything don't have to public records.

    May 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Robert

    They must have forgotten to check his mental health, because anyone who has been a POW and comes home and votes to send more young men and women off to fight in an unnecessary war is insane! Oh yea, he's also old and probably will die of natural causes before leaving office even if he is perfectly healthy now.

    May 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. DryHeat

    That's good news. Although I probably won't vote for him it's good to know that a man who has done so much for his country will be able to continue working hard for us.

    May 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Shiloh Everett

    Why is he taking Ambein, a sleeping pill that can cause amnesia and depenence? Where are his mental health records?

    May 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. HILARY 4 PREZ!!!

    u OBAMABOTS just dont' get it if he steels the election then us 'uneducated' HILLARY supporters will be voting Mcain or wirting in HILLARY. The sexist media has stolen this from Hillary on day one and they just want to push their BLACK LIBERAL MUSLIM cnadidate down our throat. Its impossible for OBAMA to win in november because me and all the other HIALRY fans will not be brainwashed to vote fora DISHONEST LYING NEGATIVE politician!!

    May 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Good for him. Sounds like he is healthy enought to live for a 100 years. Long enough to see the troops come home.

    May 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. emtp JB

    My 8 year old niece refers to McCain as "the crazy, old man"! Out of the mouths of babes! Maybe she knows better than the doctors who are basing their opinion on the records that were released. How do we know everything was released or the current records weren't sanitized?? I think this kid may be on something. Isn't it crazy to want to continue a failed plan? Why continue something because that's the way we've done it before? The time has come! Do the research and don't be swayed by others!

    GO DEMOCRATS!

    May 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Linned

    I know that this will probably be put in moderation but at what age and is there some kind of test to check for symptoms of dementia.

    May 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. fred

    More media spin by CNN, Hillary is going all the way to the Convention. Those Super Delegates aren't even counted until the convention…Are you getting dizzy from spinning CNN????

    May 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Drew, Central FL

    Cough! Cough! Redacted!

    I'd have more faith in that report if it included carbon-dating information. ZING!

    May 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh for the love of God, does he look haealthy to you?
    And even if he is, at that age how fast can your health go downhill.

    May 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Melissa S

    His health is not an issue. For anyone who doesn't want to take the slide into socialism that Obama is offering (moderate and conservative democrats), McCain is the only choice. By the way, McCain's plan for improving education is actually pretty good.

    May 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Who does the McCain campaign think they are kidding? And that wasn't a comprehensive report from the good doctort and analysis. Did the doctor consider the stress, contstant traveling and all the rigors of the job...?.... And only that but also the natural health decline with old age? My 70 years old Grandpa who hasn't had any major medical problems can not work 4 striaght hours without taking 2 or more hours nap. MacCain with all his previous health problems can not fulfill all the rigors of the office of the United States ... And I trust that the good people of the United States will carefully evaluate everything on him and make their own decisions.

    May 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia May 23rd, 2008 2:05 pm ET

    Now, with the medical statement provided, his health should not be a factor in the general election……….but the media will find another venue to explore the weakness of McCain……..if not his healh or age…….the will be attacking his policies or positions. No candidate becomes "immune" to the media's scrutiny.
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    I'm glad he's healthy, but you act like we are not supposed to question his policies.

    He is wrong for America. I'm glad he's healthy but he's not taking this country where WE want to go. He's the president of the PEOPLE, so we the PEOPLE have the right to make sure we elect a president that will be after our best interest. Sorry to tell you, but that's not McCain.... even a healthy McCain.

    Obama 08

    May 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Josie WA

    He takes sleeping pills already. Ambein can cause amnesia and needs to be taken only if you have 8 hrs to sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night you may have no recollection of what you've done, and it can cause dependency. Sounds unsafe for a President, paritcularly one who is over 70 with possible PTSD. Where are those mental health records? This is disturbing.

    May 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I wish someone gave George Bush an IQ test. :)

    May 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. sacto joe

    Just as I said – McCain's tie-in to Pastor Hagee is already fading from sight – unlike the furor over Reverend Wright.

    Come on, folks, this bigot ENDORSED McCain! That's at least as meaningful as the Reverend Wright tie-in to Obama!

    May 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Crush Rush

    JJ, you must be in a coma if you would vote for someone in one.You must be on oxies like your dittohead fearful leader.

    May 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Less, Austin Tx

    Glad to hear McCain's health is good at 72 years of age.

    But...shouldn't you be retired by now, fishing somewhere?

    I would.

    Obama '08

    May 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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