23 Feb BERNIE SANDERS 3: THE HEALTH OF THE 2020 CANDIDATES VII
Bernie’s Medical Stonewall was the headline of a lead editorial in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. (2/22/2020). The subtitle read “He pledged to release his health records. Then he had a heart attack.”
After the 78 year old cardiac patient reneged on his earlier promise of transparency, his press secretary said health inquiries are reminiscent of “the kind of smear, kind of skepticism campaigns” of old.
The WSJ Editorial Board wasn’t buying this, “Yet Mr. Sanders has a special duty to be forthright. He is the oldest candidate in the field, and if elected he would instantly become the oldest-ever sitting president, at age 79.” Ronald Reagan, today’s record holder, retired at age 77. The senator defensively diverted the discussion by saying President Trump has not released his tax returns, by way of an illogical comparison.
Two precedents are instructive: Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts ran for the 1992 Democrat presidential nomination. Although he admitted that he received a bone marrow transplant in 1986 for lymphoma, and considered himself cured, he did not disclose radiation treatment for a positive axillary lymph node in 1987. His medical status deteriorated and he died of lymphoma in 1997. Tsongas was dishonest
John McCain. turning 72 during the 2008 election campaign, revealed that he had malignant melanoma. Thereupon he gave reporters and physicians three hours to examine 1,173 pages of medical records that went back eight years. Complete transparency, although Senator McCain died from a malignant brain tumor in 2019, ten years after his potential two-term presidency.
Senator Sanders is now the leading contender for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination. The demands for medical transparency will increase.