May 23rd, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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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. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Instead of worrying and making such an issue of Senator McCain's age, just because he is an accomplished and proven Statesman, the media and the Voters should be more concerned about Obama's total inexperience and total lack of qualifications. How does Obama have the cheek to even think that he is experienced enough to be the President of this Great Nation? He's got the gall to visit the Senate, stroll through, accomplish NOTHING in three years ONLY and think he is qualified to run for President? How dare he even consider such? Senator John McCain is the person who has everything this country should have in a Leader and President. Of course, Senator McCain is in Great Health; he looks it! Senator McCain will be the next President, and he's earned the office, not so, Obama. Clinton has earned the office; Obama has earned NOTHING and is qualified for NOTHING!

    May 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    That's good to hear, even though I'll never vote him.

    May 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Franky

    O.K Senator, just as long as your doctor says you're fine, I'll trust him. But like I said Senator, when the action starts, we're gonna take it slow because we know you could only do so much BUT if your peeps(Reps) wanna play the hard way, then we'll have no problem to increase the ante.....is your call. And by the way, I believe you when you say that you'll run a respectful campaign BUT like you said........you can't always be a referee.......is up to your peeps.

    May 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Barack the Vote in RI

    Physically fine is one thing, mentally is something else. John McCain looks like the type of person who would have a 'senior moment' and lock himself out of the house getting the sunday paper......and if the phone rang at 3 am, would he even know who it was???

    Look, if any one of us were on 50 different meds a day including daily baby aspirin for heart attack prevention, a doctor could say we were in excellent health, too.

    Like it or not – it's an issue. Let's see if he makes it to November.

    May 23, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. TyWebb

    Robert Byrd for President!!

    May 23, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Bert

    Barack Obama & Collin Powell Ticket will break the backs of the Republician Party.
    Why? Collin will help shore up the Foreign Policies so call issue and the military lack of exprience. Remember: Collin resigned because of the mis-management of the war. Furthermore, no one could deny his military background, since he was so successful during Dessert Storm

    May 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. R.N.

    The commentary on McCain's health record by Dr. Gupta was complete spin - Since when is HCTZ given for "kidney stones" as he stated. Anyone taking HCTZ and Amiloride is NOT in "excellent cardiovascular condition", as any health professional knows. ALSO, occasional "dizzy spells" are not to be taken lightly. Then – - about the melanoma– recurrence x4 would seem to pose a serious outlook. If you are attempting to inform the public, please do it honestly, Dr. Gupta and don't insult our intelligence!

    May 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. rayofhope

    Can his doctors say anything to the contrary? This is the presumed Republican Presidential nominee we're talking about here. No one is going to want to vote for Mr. McCain knowing that he is damaged goods.

    May 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Gadissa

    Maybe they have to tell us about his mental isues. I don't believe any of this medical report about over 70 years old man with the histry of phisical abuse when he was a POW.

    May 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Dave

    Sadly the article doesn't disclose that the medical records were highly censored prior to being reviewed by any independent doctors. It makes you wonder what was missing that they weren't allowed to see.

    May 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. No McCain

    My grandfather was old but in excelelnt health until he just tripped on the stairs and broke his leg.... Four weeks later he was laying death...

    May 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Darrel from Denver

    Health is always dicey beyond age 60, regardless of reports or analysis. I saw my uncles, father, father-in-law, and many other older males deteriorate rapidly once they got beyond 70. Several, including my grandfather, made it past 90, but there vitality, energy, responsiveness, alertness, and decision making capabilities all slowed down and were noticeably affected.

    Running for perhaps the hardest, most stressful job on the planet at the advanced aged McCain is at is downright foolish. He should be retiring.

    I have reservations with Clinton at 60, let alone McCain at 72. Both of them are simply more interested in the prestige rather than the office, I believe. No one in their right mind looks for that type of work and stress at those ages. There is something else in play here and I believe it is all about ego in both cases.

    While McCain has a better chance for my vote given his more moderate stances in the Republican party, he will only get my vote if Clinton somehow steals the Democratic nomination.

    May 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Crush Rush

    Isnt that what they said about Reagan as Nancy ran the show?

    May 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. No McCain

    Mccain is not in good health.... he has mental problems in best case...

    May 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Amy Jacobson

    I really resisted the notion that many of Obama's supporters are a bunch of intellectual wannabe hate-filled snobs but reading the first few posts here really removes all doubts.

    You have nothing on this great man's substance so it's time to attack his health.

    I wish CNN would publicize the IP addresses of those posting here so we can figure out how many of Obama's "supporters" can vote (i.e. not Iranians, etc). The web is an open place after all.

    * * * Obama/Powell 2008 * * *

    May 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Conservative and Proud

    Yea, who can believe this guy? He's only a doctor and went to school for at least 7 years and then took up a residency and then became good enough at his profession to be the personal physician for a Senator. But who knows if he's right.

    And it's vulture, not vulgar.

    May 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. No Old Farts

    No Fossils in the whitehouse!

    May 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Susan

    Just another update, since CNN won't do it. Obama picked up another super delegate from Oregon! That makes 5 so far today! Lets get it done! OBAMA 08!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Chris

    Except for the fact that he's old and insane.

    May 23, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Norb

    Well ,he may be cancer free. But the real question is will Cindy offer him a job to drive one of her beer trucks when he looses the presidential bid? Go John! McCain/Lieberman/Keating 08!

    May 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Lorna, NY

    I don't believe it. I don't trust it. What about his mental health? I am more concerned about that.

    May 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Boris Chevenski

    Obama, we want to see your health report as soon as possible, long time smoker.

    May 23, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Not So Delusional

    I tell you what McCain, AFTER losing the election, if you still live to be 80, then I will be the first to admit that I was wrong. Does that sound fair?

    May 23, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Dave

    If McCain is in such good health, how come he can barely lift his right arm when he gives speeches? It looks pretty scary.

    Also, can you SERIOUSLY believe that McCain doesn't have ANY psychological scars after having been kept in solitary confinement, tortured, and starved as a POW for 7 years????

    DS

    May 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Sam, Florida

    We demand to see Obama's health report right away. He probably has lung cancer from all those years of heavy smoking. He has tobacco breath.

    May 23, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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