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Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:45 am

There was a big stink about health records during the campaign. I guess the Presidency is unique since no other job I know of ask for medical records before they hire you. I personally thought it was ageism against Mccain. People looked over him with a fine tooth comb and when Obama released his records, his doctor said he is fine and people went on like "whatever".

So I ask this question: How important is that for you? Because when they released their tax and medical records I don't recall my co-workers, family, friends, TV personalities saying "so did you read over Obama and Mccains health records last night?? Obama had this or Mccain had that"!!

When they released them the Media gets a hold of that stuff and then feed it to the majority of Americans. They spin it and deliver it. Does the average American who works five days a week really read and care about that?
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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:32 am

As a voter, the health of the person I vote for plays almost no part. Unless they have a diagnosed terminal cancer/illness, then maybe, but I doubt they would be nominated if that were the case.

If someone can survive the years leading up to being elected president and all the stress and scrutiny that comes with they they are pretty darn healthy in my opinion.

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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:51 am

Not really, a one page doctors note from a Presidential candidate's GP should do the job.

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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:52 am

Depends. Generally, the position of Vice President has been considered a dead end job. Through history, both parties have put folks there because they wanted to limit the political futures of certain party members. The Republicans thought Theodore Roosevelt too radical and some felt that running him as McKinley's VP would end his career. Others were hesitant as only McKinley would stand between Roosevelt and the White House.

There were significant discussions amongst folks I know regarding McCain's health-specifically issues that he didn't want known such as the PTSD. One of my friends is an ex-Marine and does a lot of work advocating for other veterans. Apparently a lot of vets were hesitant to support McCain as they voiced concern over his mental condition.
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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:29 am

The health of a candidate is very important if it's going to affect the way they do their job, or whether they will be able to continue to do that job. Otherwise, I don't really care.

As for the whole question of McCain's health, it wasn't a turnoff for me. Yeah, he's old, but he didn't seem like he was in any danger. I would have felt fine with him in the White House in terms of health (not in terms of policy, but that's for another thread).

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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:13 pm

The media makes a big deal about health records because they can often find out a lot of personal details about a person's life and lifestyle from them.

They can be more revealing than financial records.

So there is a careful balance between revealing too little and too much. That case of clap back in college could kill a campaign.

Palin was facing a double standard, just as Ferraro did. The media, and the mud slingers for the other party, wanted her OB/GYN records.

If you are married or have daughters, you can understand how that could be misquoted and misused in the hands of people without much familarity on the subject, or the mud slingers.
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RE: Is The Health Of A Candidate Important?

Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:26 pm

It is only a minor issue in all but a few voter's decision making process. Probably it affects more in the primaries or other nomination process or may cause a canidate choice to run or for nor for election or relection. It is a very difficult issue for canidates to deal with, to balance the public need to make an informed decision yet preserve one's privacy rights as to the very personal health information. The age of a canidate/incumbent, especially if over 70 year old, may be more of a factor based in part due to the normal higher risks of health problems that occur as people age. One reason we have a 2-term limit on our Presidents has in part roots of health issues, especially those of Franklin D. Roosevelt who died only about 3 months after entering his 4th term.

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