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.
Glad to hear he is healthy; it might convince more older folks to get the exercise they need. He is proof that if you take care of yourself, exercise none of your 'faculties' really decline as you age. Just another myth pushed off on people.
As for his mental health, I would not trust a psychologist with their own helath, much less anyone elses. A study done four or five years ago showed that 95% of licensed psychologists reach a diagnosis based upon their belief system and then look up the the diagnosis in the DSM III manual. The legal system with its rough and ready system does a better job.
All that being said, I would not vote for McCain. He is just a repeat of Bush; he is Bush III (a newer version of the previous two editions).
His physical health is only a part of it. What we're forgetting is that the presidency involves, literally, carrying the weight of the whole word on your shoulders.
The presidency ages you faster than anything. It even ages you faster than teenagers!
Also, remember that Ronald Reagan had Alzheimers. We don't know when it started. It may have started during his presidency.
Remember when asked about Iran Contra, and all he could say was "I can't recall?" Well, he may have been telling the truth!!!
McCain will be the next President even if it is only for four years, I personally would rather have Clinton but McCain is better then Obama and McCain should do good even with a Democrat Congress.
With all that said all of us Democrats must unite for our Congress and I know we can just NObama.
Clinton or McCain 08
If this is the case, why is he on full disability?
"Bert May 23rd, 2008 2:33 pm ET
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"
You make a lot of sense. If Obama had Colin Powell, he would siphon off more Republicans.
Dick Cheney's medical report showed he was "fit to serve as well" however he had actually suffered a heart attck while awaiting the recount of the 2000 vote.
Point being – while what was released may be correct, they can selectively release the positive while suppressing anything negative as they did with Cheney.
Propaganda pushed by McBush's doctor. His age, senility, health and Cindy's past will be just a few of the personal issues surrounding McBush.
Did they examine his brain too? I doubt it, conclusion would have been different.
I am glad for Mr. Mc cain. Now should the G.I. get more so they can have
same health. after there duty tours? So vote for it!
Ok, not to sound rude or disrespectful to our elders but 72 is just way too old for the presidency. The man is only going to appeal to a very small demographic and how can he even begin to relate to modern day issues? If he is elected, you can be sure the Supreme Court positions will be filled by radical evangelical "christians" who demand America lives up to their moral code. And for the Hillary supporters who are threatening to place their votes with McCain if she is not given the nomination, you are a bunch of fools. You are the same ones who are complaining about the war, complaining about high gas prices, complaining about the mortgage crisis and you are going to vote for a man who will follow the same plan as the current president? McCain publicly said the mortgage crisis is the fault of the people, not of the mortgage firms. What does that tell you? He is working for Corporate America NOT the American people. You will have no one to blame but yourselves if we get another 4 years of disaster.
Good for him to be in good health. The worrying issue should be his old ideas not his health.
If they're really being transparent here, why were the reporters only given 3 hours to look over the records, with no doctors present to answer questions, and no copies of anything allowed?
This stinks to high heaven. McCain is hiding something.
Wait until the shaking of the hands.
Not too long.
Sure he's in excellent health...for a 71 year old who has been treated for malignant melanoma three times and who was an abused prisoner of war in Vietnam for 5½ years.
hILLARY IS DONE!!!!!!!!!
it's his mental health that concerns me.he is the only person left in the country,who likes george bush.
That's right, he's fit for duty. Now you have no reason to vote for Obama. Unless, you are an America-hating socialist liberal.
The man cannot lift his arms up without pain.
He's healthy for a 72 years old, but that does not mean that he will be that way for 4 more years. Look at how the job has aged Bush and Clinton. Hmmm....
I want a second opinion!!!
Of course the doctor is going to say he is in 'excellent health'. What about his mental abilities and his temper tantrums?? What about the 1,173 pages of medical records released for the 2000-2008 time period?? That's like a dictionary.
Again- McCain is not to be trusted. We need new blood, new ideas, and change. McCain doesn't represent any of that. He doesn't care about most Americans.
For how long?
It is my understanding that the federal government has an age limit for it's employees which is 65 years old. If that is the case then how can a 72 year old man become the Commander in Chief of our goverment?
So is my 81 year old mother who still mows her own lawn, and is sharp as a tack, but as qualified as she may be, I would not have her as president. Her physical health is great for her age, as well as her cognitive skills, but mom is 81. She doesn't remember like she use to, she's not as fast, and she doesn't grasp new ideas and technology as quickly as she use to, but worse, she is stuck in her old ways and habits, and hates change. It's called aging, with all of the downsides. The last I read, men still die much earlier then women, so McCain's mother can't be a comparator. Maybe his father can.
Working (and I use that word loosely) in the senate is one thing, but the grueling and stressful daily schedule of the office of president is quite another.
If McCain was to become the president (commander-guy) would he stop getting his pension from the Navy?
What about all campaign finance laws that he's broken? Are people really willing to elect a man that is constantly breaking federal law???