Romney, Ryan in fighting shape
September 21st, 2012
03:50 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney, Ryan in fighting shape

(CNN) – Letters evaluating the physical health of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were released by their physicians Friday, both indicating that the GOP's presidential and vice presidential nominees are in top condition for their respective ages.

Romney's letter, issued by Randall Gaz of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, noted the candidate last underwent a physical exam on August 9, which showed the candidate a "healthy appearing, energetic, strong, physically fit male."

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Romney weighed 184 pounds in August and had a blood pressure of 130/80 – putting the candidate in the "prehypertension" range, as defined by the National Institutes of Health. Gaz, in his letter, wrote that Romney had mildly elevated triglyceride levels, for which he takes a daily 10 milligram dose of the drug Lipitor.

Other vital statistics included a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute and a body temperature of 98.4 degrees.

Other information contained in the letter included the fact that Romney "totally abstains from drinking any alcoholic beverages and does not use any tobacco products or illicit drugs," a condition of his Mormon faith.

The letter also notes Romney suffered a concussion from a car accident in 1968, during his time as a missionary in France. That accident came as he was driving the mission president and his wife during a six-hour ride between Paris and the south of France. Their car was hit by what was believed to be a drunken driver. The mission president had to return to the United States because of his injuries, and his wife was killed.

Romney also had an appendectomy in 1965, and stitches on his hand in 1987.

Ryan's physical assessment, from the attending physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Brian Monahan, painted a similarly healthy portrait of the GOP vice presidential nominee.

Monahan noted Ryan occasionally suffers from airway hypersensitivity, which the doctor said he treats with an inhaler. He also wrote that the Wisconsin congressman experienced back and knee injuries.

Vital statistics were all healthy for Ryan, whose father and grandfather died in their fifties. He weighs 163 pounds, stands 6' 2" tall, has a resting heart rate of 59 beats per minute, and a blood pressure of 121/62.

Ryan, 42, is well known for his fitness routine P90X, and has led sessions of the cross-training regime in the House gym.

"My dad died of a heart attack at 55, my grandfather at 57, so I've always had this incentive to stay healthy," Ryan told CNN's Gloria Borger last year.

Romney, 65, is often seen partaking in water sports at his lakefront home in New Hampshire. He is known to use elliptical machines for regular workouts, but told CBS in August he would consider trying Ryan's exercise of choice.

"I've never tried that," he said. "I might have him show me how to do it someday. I get on the elliptical or the treadmill or the stationary bike for about 40 minutes and that's about it for me. But that workout of his, he's in pretty good shape."


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Forget their health reports. I want to see Joe Biden's along with his psychiatric evaluation. We need to know if he has early onset of Alzheimers."

    Boy are you worried about 2016, eh? The GOP/Teatroll bench is as shallow as their ideology.

    September 21, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    I'm sure Obama's will be fine, except for the predictable 3" growth of his nose.

    September 21, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. John the Historian

    Willard will need good health when he has a heart attack on November 6th. The planet kolob awists him when President Obama has a landslide victory. I hope the 56 wives the mormon cult says he will get like Brigham Young can revitalize his health.

    September 21, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    What about mental health report? And romney with ashburglers.

    September 21, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You have to be in good shape to triple down on trickle down, quadruple down on 'pants on fire,' and be able to out run seniors who are opposed to vouchers.

    September 21, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. TheVoice2

    However the doctor did find that Mitt Phony's nose was getting longer and longer by the day. Rare disease!

    Mitt Phony's motto "make me President now, I'll give you details later"

    September 21, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Yanni

    “Energetic” seems feeling word than clinical evaluation

    September 21, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    "Forget their health reports. I want to see Joe Biden's along with his psychiatric evaluation. We need to know if he has early onset of Alzheimers."
    Boy are you worried about 2016, eh?
    Forget about 2016. I'm worried the nut job will get his hands on the launch codes now. Anybody that says the nutty things he does should NOT be a heart beat away from the presidency.

    The Obama/Biden ticket should be disqualified for that reason alone. BTW, has anybody told Biden that not only Indians own 7 Elevens???

    September 21, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Common Sensus

    And Romney wasted no time getting back in the "fight", going after the President after being informed that a local restaurant was fresh out of Perrier. He blasted the President for allowing America to be at the mercy of "French water bottlers" and vowed to liberate France from Nazi control. Romney stood by his remarks later even after being informed that France had been liberated by the Allies 68 years ago.

    September 21, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Facts don't Lie

    thank God they both have good health insurance so they could find out if they were in shape or not.

    September 21, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    And this is news WHY?? What is this celebrity grudge match? I have to give it to cnn, no one can claim liberal bias when it comes to you. You will always come to Willards rescue, no matter how miniscule.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 21, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. WOW

    Did anyone else notice that Romney has a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute? If you look at the charts, this is well beyond that of a world class athlete.

    September 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. America for everbody

    When will they care about public's health?

    September 21, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If only Mittens and Ayn could show that they had a brain.

    September 21, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Alger Dave

    Too bad the American economy isn't as healthy as these guys are. Not even close. Obama has tried and so far failed to correct the situation appreciably. And now Obama's hope and change has turned into name calling and a lame defense of a failed record. That's not the kind of thing that excites the Dems like he did 4 years ago. Now he's just another politician. Too bad, as we all had high hopes for him. Turns out he's just another partisan politician who got our hopes up.

    September 21, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gov. Chris Christy wants to run for president in 2016 and ain't no doctor going to give him a passing bill of health unless he looses all that weight. Just campaigning from one state to the next in the same day would give him high blood pressure or a heart attack on the spot, this job is way too demanding for someone who isn't in excellent physical health.

    September 21, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. BLKMANinAmerica

    Well bad news for all of US 47%ers......................not so good news for those 53%ers who wished they'd never laid eyes on robo-Robme.

    September 21, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Jim

    I am probably not alone in that I am really worried more about their minds than their bodies. I mean, Sarah Palin is in good shape too !

    September 21, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Dirk the Daring

    The problem is these guys also believe in "survival of the fittest," Ayn Rand, and the worst kind of social darwinism.

    September 21, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Are we buying these two CLOWNS???????

    September 21, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. carlos murphy

    Now we know they can run when chased by an angry mob of suddenly-enlightened tea party fanatics who realize these guys only stand for the $1000000+ club. Economic growth, yes, if you can afford to invest in your own candidate.

    September 21, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Alan T.

    Okay, now for Obama and Biden.... ..... .... ????

    September 21, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. us_1776

    Uh, they missed a section.

    The Mental Health exam.


    September 21, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. us_1776

    Romney and Ryan are two of the biggest Social Dorks.


    September 21, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    First of all, please somebody find the lying altar boy clothes that fit. I am sure there's enough twit money for an old pair of pants or old shirt.
    Second, the non working wife sounded so pathetic. Stop it, stop it. I thought she might have been talking to the twit at night since he wears as little as possible to bed.
    And lastly, he finally released, sort of, the 2011 taxes but he paid 14% before his accountants tweked it so that he didn't pay the usual 9%. That doesn't include overseas money of course. I WANT TO SEE TEN YEAR OF HIS TAXES. He asked plate faced boy for ten years. He gave mccain ten years which probably made him realize that this guy couldn't get away as his vp candidate and you know who he picked (BTW – cnn, just saw a picture of the mutant from AK on TV. What the ????? Is she trying to look Latino too?)
    This campaign has turned into a circus and there are so many clowns under the big tent that it's hard to pick the funniest and more pathetic clown.

    September 21, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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