John McCain and His Missing Records

May 5, 2008 2:37 pm posted by Jason Rosenbaum

The New York Times laid into John McCain this Sunday for failing to release almost any relevant information about his health or his wealth:

Senator John McCain is 71 years old, a survivor of an aggressive form of skin cancer. If elected, he would be the oldest man to become president.

These factors are not disqualifying, but they impose on Mr. McCain a larger duty than usual to provide detailed, timely disclosure about his health. So far, he has failed to meet this obligation to voters.

The Times goes on to end their editorial with the line, “The extent of a candidate’s candor is a good measure of how candid he or she will be in the White House.”

They have a point.

Over the last seven years, George Bush has been less than candid with the American people on issues like torture, warrantless wiretapping, executive power, and political appointees. This culture of lawlessness and secrecy has sapped our economy, led us into a disastrous war on dubious grounds, eroded our civil liberties, and hurt our standing in the world. If John McCain refuses to release something as simple as his tax returns or medical records, how can he be trusted to be honest with the American people if he is elected?

The case for releasing the full tax returns and medical records is pretty clear:

John McCain himself proudly proclaims, “Accountability and transparency are the pillars of essential reform.” Yet, his lack of transparency surrounding these records points to clear hypocrisy.

John McCain, when will you come clean and release your full medical records and tax returns?

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4 Responses to “John McCain and His Missing Records”

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  2. BEH Says:

    I get the impression that he’s withholding his medical records because there’s something in there he doesn’t want us to see. Perhaps it has something to do with his herpetic lesion.

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  4. Jane Q Citizen Says:

    McCain’s health makes his choice for Vice President very, very important.

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