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. James , Houston, TX.

    Right, McCain was a P.O.W. for 51/2 yrs. Hanoi Hilton, gave Up Flag and Colors in lieu of his Skin. That qualifies him to be President; give Me a Break ! No way Jose !

    May 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. FedUpDem

    Val May 23rd, 2008 2:06 pm ET

    This will hopefully put an end to McCain's age discussion. For 71, he look great!

    Now, I do question Obama's inexperience when it comes to the subject of national security. This is a bigger problem then McCain's age.

    How about this? On May 18 Obama says that Iran is a "tiny" threat, then two days later on May 20 he says Iran is a "grave" threat. Does this make any sense? Aren't these two statements condradicting each other? Please, I would like some answers. Also, please someone explain to me how Obama's raising taxes will help our economy. This is another subject that Obama has no idea what he is talking about.
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    Don't you worry Val the obamidiots and the obamabiased medua will take care of spinning that the same way they spin everything else!! Pretty soon it will be Hillary's fault he said it!!!

    May 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Clinton OR McCain – This will be November's decision! Fantastic news for McCain! Who knows what Obama is hiding. Oh, I forgot, he plays basketball so he must be superior, healthwise, as well! LOL! At least McCain stands for something.

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Anna

    So...He's healthy....so CNN is trying so desperately to make the Pastor Hagee an issue.....Ha ha ha ha.....Do you really understimate the American People's intelligence that much???? Do you really think you can make him as big as the REV WRIGHT issue????? Well, McCain DID NOT call this man his spiritual mentor, he ceirtainly didn't write a book inspired in his teachings and DID NOT attend his church for 20 YEARS! You know the REV. WRIGHT OBAMA'S "FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP WITH BILL AYERS, MICHELLE OBAMA'S comments about her true sentiments about America and BARACK OBAMA'S "BITTER" COMMENTS ARE NOT GOING AWAY, so you try to distract people from those FACTS and draw their attention to non-issues??? SHAME ON YOU CNN.

    LET'S SEE IF YOU 'RE GOING TO POST THIS!

    May 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Clinton or McCain - NObama!

    Obama admitted to using cocaine and was (maybe still is) a smoker. Where are his medical records?

    May 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Conservative Buyer- CA

    So he's got SUPER STRENGTH and now I we know he'll be with us for another 100years.

    I don't care if I subordinate my individual freedoms to McCain since he is SUPER HEALTHY. Even if it means shelling out $15 for a gallon of gas pretty soon and see corporate America prosper.

    John McCain is right. We are better off than we were 8 years ago. I mean look how everyone is having fun camping down in Louisiana. It's so much fun most of them are camping permanently, thanks to facist policies of GWBush touted by John McCain.

    May 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. FedUpDem

    Sam, Florida May 23rd, 2008 2:48 pm ET

    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.

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    I would also like an AIDs check because of his bisexual lifestyle.

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Tim

    That is great news.

    May 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. James, SC

    How can you have 1100+ hundred pages describing your health? John "Songbird" McCain is not healthy. He is also receiving 100% military medical dissability. This fact only proves that he is NOT healthy.

    May 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. FedUpDem

    Brian from Fort Mill, S.C. May 23rd, 2008 2:49 pm ET

    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.

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    The most important truth here is your statement that as President the weight of the whole world is on ones shoulders....and obama is not the one!!

    May 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Scott, Wichita

    Hey Shon, I had over 400 pages of medical history by the time i was 16, and the only thing I'd ever gone to the doctor's for was Immunizations, Checkups, and a bout of pnemonia

    The fact that he has so many just means that he is following the standard recommended medical visits for someone his age

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. The T

    This is for JJ (up top), if you vote for someone in a coma go tell our troops that...you must be in a coma...

    May 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA

    DOESN'T DO US ANY GOOD.

    HE IS STILL OUT OF HIS MIND.

    HE JUST LOST IT AGAIN.

    HE SHOULD BE CHECKED FOR ALZHEIMER'S.

    May 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WAR BUCKS IS JUST NUTS.

    May 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Randy - Denver

    For those of you who worry about the SIZE of his medical record you should be aware that in the Military and in Federal Government Service it is NOT unusual for peole to have large records, you see the military requires visits much more frequently than most peole do in the civilian world, a pilot has a HUGE record because their flight physicals are extensive and frequent. Any medical problem (ie high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc) is followed up much more frequently and in more detail than you would see in the civilan world also. 400 pages? not a big deal after 21 years my medical record was around that size (Nuclear physicals, asbestos physicals and follow ups etc) and I am in realtively good health.

    May 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Viet Nam Vet

    Jim: One of our greates presidents FDR Smoked cigs.
    As did most of the troops in WWII- -they were supplied in the C-Rats starting in 1943. How much exhaust to you inhale daily? It also causes the afflctions listed in your post.

    May 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCCRAZY'S CANCER IS THE LEAST OF HIS HEALTH PROBLEMS.

    HE IS JUST OUT OF HIS EVER LOVING MIND.

    HE THINKS HE IS RUNNING FOR DICTATOR.

    DID YOU FOLKS CATCH HIS SENATE INSANE OUTBURST.

    May 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Mike

    McCain is in good health alright. Because if Obama is the nominee instead of Hillary, I will have to vote McCain.

    Obama can have his all 57 states of America.

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. CJ

    This all sounds great, but I'd really love to see a quality report about his mental health.

    May 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. SHARON WALKER

    IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND ARE SERVING!

    Dear Friends: Pray!

    THOSE WHO SERVE THANK YOU.

    To the man on the plane and all who serve.

    Wave those flags high!

    Men and women are sacrificing their lives.

    Tides going forth carrying those who serve.

    Through the air, land and sea they go.

    Fighting for freedom and democracy for thee.

    Sacrifice they with pride, honor, love, soul.

    Wave those flags high!

    The Red, White and Blue.

    Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines,

    Special Forces, Reservists, Private Military, all Veterans.

    Lives on line. Respect well deserved.

    Proud am I, these Americans.

    Wave those flags high!

    Freedom their cause for all.

    Our sons, our daughters! God protect them.

    Flowing seas, heavenly clouds,

    Beautiful magnificent your homeland, America.

    This I pray. Lord, bring them home. Amen.

    Those who serve and have served. Thank You.

    Sharon M. Walker

    AS THE FLAG WAVES THROUGH THE STORMS. SEND THIS OR YOUR PERSONAL MESSAGE TO A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE. I AM A PROUD AMERICAN AND PROUD I AM OF YOU.

    May 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. James, SC

    How can you have 1100+ hundred pages describing your health? John "Songbird" McCain is not healthy. He is also receiving 100% military medical dissability. This fact only proves that he is NOT healthy.

    If he is that healthy while taking 11 different meds and remains on MEDICAL dissability, then he should return he money he took from the government!

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Linda

    This sexism is a load of crap ! Hillary Clinton is a feminist ( favors more rights for women in work, politics,ect ) yet she road to where she is today on the coat tail of her husband. I don't hear her complaining about that. Do you ?

    May 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I question the results of this so called medical records. The journalists were only given 3 hours to go through hundres of pages of files! They were obviously hampered by the restrictions which leads one to believe...if he wants total transparency, why the restrictions in the first place? Why? Because it's "none of the American public right to know?"

    News flash bub – you're running for PRESIENDENT. Who's gonna want a vote for a guy who could be giving executive orders from a hospital bed! Smelly fishy. Like Clinton's breath.

    May 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. RB

    The meant excellent PHYSICAL HEALTH!

    If he thinks he can the general election sporting W's policies, HE'S CRAZY....MAD!

    May 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Ratgurl

    Honestly, TMI! These health reports should be kept relatively vague: no heart problems, cancer-free, good mental health. Anything else is really no one's business. I mean, who wants to know about McCain's polyps? I just want to know if he's mentally stable!

    May 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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