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Debate Questions About McCain's Skin Cancer

Brave New PAC is conducting a campaign to get this Friday's debate organizers to include a question or two regarding John McCain's skin cancer. I'm not sure it's debate-appropriate, but since McCain is avoiding holding press conferences he cannot be allowed to just stonewall important issues all the way up to election day.

Here's the Brave New PAC ad:

and here's the email pitch sent out by Greenwald.

53,491: People who have signed Brave New Films' open letter calling for a full, public disclosure of McCain's health records.

2,515: Doctors who signed the open letter urging McCain to release his records.

1,173: Pages in McCain's medical records dumped on the media in a publicity stunt last May.

20:. Journalists allowed to review his records for the 2008 election.

3: Hours those journalists were permitted to review them.

0: The number of tape recorders, cell phones, cameras or photocopying machines allowed in the room.

How many of you will write in urging PBS' Jim Lehrer to ask McCain about his health records during Friday's debate?

Watch the 30 second ad

This debate will deal with foreign policy, and McCain's health issues constitute a national security issue, especially when you consider how his secrecy about medical records echoes the Bush administration's legacy of lies. Will McCain's health limit his capacity to make tough decisions regarding diplomacy and military action? We don't know, because McCain is keeping his medical records a tightly held secret, made available to just a handful of journalists for three hours under close supervision.

Send a quick e-mail to Jim Lehrer, moderator of Friday's debate, with the subject line: "Ask McCain to Disclose His Health Records in Full." Then, donate to Brave New PAC today so we can get this ad on the air. We have the right to have an open discussion about this grave issue, and now we have the chance to bring transparency and accountability to politics.

Robert Greenwald

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Comments (2)


Usually, I believe that most personal matters have no place in politics, however this is a personal matter that concerns the nation. I say voters should know the seriousness of his condition because shouldn't that play a part in his ability to competently lead the country? Should he fall...is his #2 prepared to be president? Let's have at those questions concerning his cancer.

big earl:

Sadly, we are all suffering from a terminal disease called life. McCain has been open about his health issues but we are supposed to accept that Obama is somehow healthier without proof? If this is the measuring stick of who is or isn't "presidential" then something is rotten in Denmark.
Young, strong athletes have died in their prime (sometimes mid-game) and it is discovered that they have congenital defects. Perhaps DNa testing and submission of stool samples and bodily fluids to a blue-ribbon committee of the congress by each of the candidates in the year prior to the election is called for as part of the presidential vetting process?


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