May 22nd, 2008
03:05 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain allows peek at medical records

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. John McCain will release his medical records on Friday."]
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain will give select members of the media a three-hour glimpse at his medical records Friday.

If elected, McCain, the 71-year-old presumed Republican nominee, would be the oldest president of the United States, beating Ronald Reagan by three years on inauguration day.

Presidents and candidates have released records in the past, and some, like McCain, have stipulated that the records cannot leave the room.

McCain, a cancer survivor, is particularly under pressure to prove to the public that he is physically fit for office.

Democratic candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton have not made their health records public, but whoever secures the nomination probably will, said David Mark, senior editor at Politico.

McCain has told reporters not to expect surprises, and that doctors told him everything is fine.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. JERRY

    Nuts to his medical records. How many of you reporters would check out normal and sane? T

    May 22, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. steve

    I applaud his openess.

    Question: If the news can talk about Mcains prostate exam, why cant you talk about Obomas wife (that is on him campain trail so shoud be talked about) or his ears?,,Sounds like he has alot to hide!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We already know McCain is supposedly a cancer survior, so a peek means there is more. In other words McCain has something to hide other than the fact he is just too old. And to say he takes a "babv aspirin" once a day is just plain kookoo for a 71 year old person unless he is taking some other very powerful drugs.

    May 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. JC

    Isn't this a bit too late for the Republicans?
    Shouldn't this be done earlier during the primary for all candidates?
    Being older doesn't necessarily mean shorter life span.
    After 50, people can die of heart attacks or strokes.
    The living evidence for Senator McCain longevity is his 96 year old mother.

    What IF Senator McCain does have a problem, who will be the alternative Republican nominee?

    May 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. steve

    There is about a 25year old differance between Obama and Mcain.
    I am 40 years old.

    I dont know about you but when i was 15 i knew everything, ad the older i get the dumber i reallize i am,,,lol,,this race for the white house is between a boy and a man,,,take your pick.

    May 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Dina in CA for Bam

    What a joke. 3 hours and a few reporters. What's he hiding.

    May 22, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Ralph

    A peek? What the heck does that mean? Dr Gupta said 100s of pages of mediacl notes will be provided for 3 hours in a closed room with no recording devices allowed. The idea is people will not be able to study the medical records, only skim through some of it. When it is over, no longer will his records be open. Any comments on what was seen will be challenged as being less than accurate, since the records can't be copied or studied in depth, it leaves McCain capable of claiming anything. Great, another decpetion from the Republicans.

    May 22, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Cheryl

    If everything is fine, why only a glimpse?

    May 22, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. martin

    why not just give them copies?how many pages are there?most medical records are envelopes stuffed full of meaningless medical jargon,written with poor handwriting.will you be editing any parts of it,with those infamous magic markers?will you give them the entire record ,or just the meaningless parts?just give them appear to be defensive about the way ?how 'bout them tax records for your elitist wife?

    May 22, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Sophia

    This is amazing. He doesn't have to, it's very personal & yet here he is doing it.
    Now if King Obama would release the rest of his tax returns & find those "lost" Senate records, we might have an even playing ground for a general.
    Oh wait, King Obama doesn't play on level ground! What was I thinking? It's smear & run on like he would never say such a thing. The old "My Bad" thing.

    May 22, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Warmonger For Hire

    Rest and drink plenty of tea...that's the ticket.

    General McCain will have the hold country marching–to one step, WAR.

    May 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Linned

    Three hours for them to review them, can't leave the room but for a bathroom break. Sounds suspicious to me.

    May 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. kim portland, oregon

    a peek? 3 hours? what are you so afraid of mccain?!?!!? this does not look good! how can you trust him? i wouldnt hire him to do my accounting, let alone be the president!!

    with his medical history and age, we should know EVERYTHING b/c his age is a very serious issue. look how badly presidents age in their 4 years b/c of the stress; the shrub and bill went in as hadsome young things and have you seen bush lately?!?! ZOIKS!!!!.

    and mccain adds to the general stress by not living in integrity, being secretive, lying, the stress from all those things takes a very serious toll on your health on top of the general stress that comes from being POTUS!

    May 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Chris from San Antonio

    "select members" a three hour glimpse.

    Wow, so transparent, McCain. You're looking just like Bush and Company.
    What is it you're afraid of showing to the media, exactly?

    May 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. A Proud Republican

    If McCain is putting his records up for review then why isn't Hillbo and obomer required to. You dems, especially the first 4 or 5 commentors do a good job at running your mouths. But when it comes right down to it none of you can do the job. And for the bozo who says McCain is not looking good, who are you to decide? What are your qualifications to blurt such a statement?

    May 22, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. What are you scared of???

    Sounds to me like there is something going on with his health. Why doesn't he just admit that he is too old for the job!!! If I were in the running for VP, I would know its only a matter of time before I could take over!!! Sad!!!

    May 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Chris from San Antonio

    Wow, NO-Bama. You're rather delusional. We've had this same system for the past 30 years. If you have a problem with the way Democrats nominate their president, maybe you should have asked Hillary to change it BEFORE Feb. 5th.

    May 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Debby

    Well McCain looks alot healthier than Cafferty and CNN still keeps him employed. LOL

    May 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Griff

    You need, to see Medical Records of Super Mc.... Shame on you..
    The Hero! Has to prove he's medically fit for Service, once again...
    Shame on you....America!

    May 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Tom,des moines

    McCain vs Obama=McCain win easily.

    McCain vs Hillary=Hillary win easily.

    Wake up superdelegate!

    May 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. mike

    it doesnt matter his really old to run the country. his a war addict i think he should slap Bush for his mistakes and bush should slap him for voting the war

    May 22, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Jose

    We wish Senator McCain all the best.

    However, America should be aware that a man called Romney wants to destroy social security.

    May 22, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. TonyNJ

    it is said that someone from the Obama camp stated that a man with military leadership would not make a good candidate for President of these United States. Military experience and ancestors who served these United States is a Plus+ in my book. What about Ike. If not for him, this world would be a much different place. We would not have any Democracy.

    May 22, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. CNN loves Hillary

    OMG he is older than I thought! If elected, he would be 75 when leaving office?


    May 22, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Jo

    You know you have something to hide if McCain is willing to release his medical records, but Cindy McCain won't release her taxes. What's up with that?

    May 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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