October 10th, 2007
05:45 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain: Can I show you my X-rays?

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, takes questions Wednesday at a hospital in Iowa.

GRINNELL, Iowa (CNN) - Before delving into a preview of the healthcare speech he'll deliver Thursday, presidential candidate John McCain lightened the mood in a roomful of medical personnel by offering to show them his X-rays.

In a stop at a medical center the Republican senator from Arizona explained he "had broken bones when [he] was shot down and captured" during the Vietnam War, "and they healed by themselves." He said those images are often published in orthopedic journals.

"So it's kind of an oddity. I'll be glad to show anybody my X-rays," McCain
said laughing. "They're not that exciting, but doctors are kind of dull anyways, you know?"

McCain then joked, "There goes the doctor vote right there."

The White House hopeful will outline his healthcare proposal Thursday in Des Moines.

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Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • Race to '08
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    "There goes the doctor vote right there." Too true. First of all, anyone with even novice medical knowledge knows any part of the human body (except nervous tissue) heals over time, so McCain is just grandstanding about his Vietnam X-Ray. And I disagree with him; doctors can be very interesting people if you take the time to listen.

    While McCain showing his X-Rays is not in violation of HIPAA (since the only person legally able to disclose medical information is the patient), I fear for the health care system under McCain. Shoot, Bush doesn't even support health care in any sense, nor do, seemingly, any other major Republican. For example, Bush vetoed two stem cell bills and a SCHIP bill, both of which would have contributed to better general health.

    In short, McCain cannot be trusted with American's health care, or anything pertaining to the like.

    October 11, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. lorenz, queens, new york

    Yeah McCain, Dr. Paul has the doctor support.

    October 11, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  3. David Erlichman, Harrisburg, PA

    When Lt. Commander John McCain got shot down over enemy territory during a shooting War, and was taken prisoner with broken bones, close to death, Rudi, Mitt, and Fred were busy at home non-inhaling and watching "I Dream of Jeannie". Grandstanding? How can we trust anyone to lead this nation who chose to sit out the Vietnam War instead of serving with honor. I'm not exactly clear about this...but how did Rudi, Mitt and Fred avoid service in Vietnam. They certainly were old enough werent they?

    October 11, 2007 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  4. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Does McCain have private or governmental insurance?

    October 11, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. laurinda,ny

    I think all doctors are crooks. They are all tied in with the pharmaceutical companies. I think something should be done about that. Nowadays anyone can go to medical school and become a doctor. There are so many bad doctors around. Did you know that psychiatrists have the highest suicide rate than any other doctors. Thats because they are not wrapped to tight to begin with.

    October 11, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. J.Crobuzon

    We don't want to see pictures of your grandchildren either.

    October 11, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Laurinda is Insane, NY


    What is it that you do for a living? I am sure I can make baseless accusations, and find how your industry is linked with something you think is bad. Grow up. Oh, and if you think there are bad doctors now, just wait until you have to go to one under Hillarycare.

    October 11, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. LR,Penna.


    Get your head examined!

    First, you're showing your POW video. Now, you want to show your X-rays. And somehow we're supposed to vote for you because you served?? NEVER!!

    You thrive on war.

    You have anger issues that don't mix with being Commander in Chief.

    How about the fact you want MORE troops in Iraq....the draft will return.

    You would hand this country over to the illegals.

    You lacked spine in 2000 when Bush bashed your family so badly.

    You're a Bush clone. Just what we don't need!

    We're supposed to forget all this because you served?


    October 11, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    Can he show an X-ray of his head? His off-the-cuff remarks suggest to me that McCain is lacking brains!

    Will you just retire in Arizona like the so many others do? You are past the point of "beginning to embarrass yourself".

    October 11, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. David Erlichman, Harriburg, PA

    L.R Penna,
    Notwithstanding your "anger" , your failed to mention what Rudy, Mitt and Fred were doing when Lt. Commander McCain was exemplifying courage and honor in Vietnam. I'll take a President with "anger" over Fred's two ambien's and a shot a Nyquil, Rudy's disgusting licking of his lips at Maria, and Mitt's phony hair transplant. Oh.. yand if your a Democrat, I'm sure you're well aware that Bill Clinton has a terrible temper. So what's your point?

    October 14, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |