18 Oct HEALTH OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: OVERVIEW
Four years ago, prior to the closely fought 2016 United States presidential election, the medical fitness of the candidates was a much discussed topic. Hillary Clinton evinced many physical symptoms – a chronic cough, at least one physical collapse, and occasional mental symptoms, of concern since she had a history of brain and lower leg thromboses. Donald Trump, her opponent, was over seventy years of age; although in apparent good health, his physician’s qualifications and succinct medical reports were subjected to criticism by the Democrat press.
Thirteen months remain before the 2020 presidential ballot. Perhaps it is not premature to commence an assessment of the many candidates’ physical fitness for this demanding office.
Donald Trump, the incumbent, is now four years older and in his mid-seventies. The effects of aging, both in the medical and mental spheres, become more likely.
The three leading Democrat candidates, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, are septuagenarians. Joe Biden in the past had brain surgery twice for cerebral artery aneurysms. Additionally, his occasional verbal malapropisms on the election trail have led some to question his mental alertness. Bernie Sanders, the oldest candidate in both parties, recently suffered a heart attack that necessitated stent surgery. I have seen no medical report for Elizabeth Warren, although she apparently is free of disease.
The democrat primary race includes another nine candidates. Their health records so far have been as obscure as their qualifications. This blog is intent on making their physical fitness for the job transparent.
However, I should say that Beto O’Rourke’s behavior is decidedly weird.
The next installment will feature the health of Joe Biden.
Please stay tuned.