Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What is John McCain hiding?

By: Harry Waisbren

I have written before how about how disturbing it is that John McCain has gotten this far into the campaign without having to release his medical records. McCain has had 4 bouts with CANCER, and an increasing number of members of the medical community are connecting with progressive media outlets to discuss the importance of a real assessment of his vitality.

Brave New PAC and Democracy for America have come together to break the silence on this issue and give voice to these experts calls for transparency in a new ad which you can watch here. This ad was described to me in an email from DFA that included the following:

What do you really know about John McCain? 

He's 72. He has had 4 bouts of cancer. Earlier this year the McCain campaign made a portion of his medical records available to a select group of journalists. 

But there were strings attached.These hand-picked reporters had only 3 hours to reviews over 50,000 pages of documents. Absolutely no electronic equipment was allowed in the room. So no cell phones, no computers, and no copiers. What is John McCain hiding? 

This level of secrecy and his persistent use of discredited lies prove America just can't trust John McCain. 

Senators Reid, Schumer, and McCaskill have joined over 2,000 doctors calling for full disclosure of John McCain's health records.  Now we are teaming up with Brave New PAC again to air this 30 second ad that backs them up and demands the truth from John McCain. Contribute $50 right now so we can run this ad in all 50 states. 

I agree wholeheartedly that this is an integral issue, and it is quite indicative of how important it is to get the press to cover this race in a much more serious manner. Sadly, it is quite telling about the quality of our campaign coverage thus far that John McCain has been able to get this far merely by using baseball hats and sunscreen to hide his melanoma. 

It is LONG past time for our establishment media figures with access to McCain to ask him these questions. We need to know more about the liklihood for a President Palin during a McCain term, and shouldn't this be just about the most elementary but necessary question for a reporter to ask?

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