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McCain's Doctor Removes 'Spot'

Updated 6:05 p.m.
By Robert Barnes
BAKERSFIELD, Ca. -- Sen. John McCain had a small "nick" removed from his face this morning during a routine check-up with his dermatologist in Phoenix, but, the presumptive GOP nominee said, he is "sure, absolutely,'' that it is nothing serious.

Earlier in the day, a small round bandage had covered what a campaign aide described as a "spot" that had been excised from McCain's face. The senator from Arizona removed the bandage before briefly addressing reporters at an oil field here.

"By the way I, as I do every few months, visited my dermatologist this morning and she said I was doing fine," said McCain, who has check-ups every three months. "Took a small little nick from my cheek as she does regularly and that will be, will be biopsied just to make sure that everything is fine.''

McCain suffered from melanoma in 2000, a type of skin cancer, and had a growth and more than 30 lymph nodes removed, a procedure that has left a noticeable scar on the left side of his face. He had another bout in 2004, but doctors since have given him a clean bill of health.

McCain used the episode to urge Americans to wear sunscreen and to have any discoloration checked by a doctor. "Melanoma is a preventable occurrence,'' he said, and reminded that sun damage during youth often is the culprit.

"That's the end of my lecture from the American Dermatology Association,'' McCain said.

Late Monday afternoon, Michael Yardley, a spokesman for the Mayo Clinic, issued a statement through the McCain campaign, calling the biopsy of McCain's right cheek a "precaution" and "a routine minor procedure" following a "routine examination."

Posted at 2:13 PM ET on Jul 28, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Posted by: 4gjicq2un1 | July 29, 2008 11:15 PM

That answers the question, but since I don't think McCain distorted anything, I can't agree that it is "innuendos and nastiness" to point out the most likely reason why Obama failed to visit the wounded troops in Germany is because the lack of exposure with no media / campaign entourage.

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 4:41 PM

Elitist:

Do you think it is "throwing temper tantrums, whining, obscenities & vile inuendos" to simply point out the facts that Obama canceled a visit to wounded troops?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:46 PM

No, I think it is dishonest and unethical to use wounded soldiers in severely distorted, untruthful way to attack a fellow Us Senator. The inuendos aand nastiness of McCains lack of Character gets my blood boiling. Haven't we paid too big of a price allready through the lies and manipulations at the hands of the Republicans. Does that answer your question!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:27 PM

Elitist:

Do you think it is "throwing temper tantrums, whining, obscenities & vile inuendos" to simply point out the facts that Obama canceled a visit to wounded troops?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:46 PM

I wish McCain well with this illness, I have my doubts if he is really healthy, the doctors say he is as fit as a man ten years younger, hard to believe, that would make him 62. My concerns are with his spiritual side, I had hoped his meeting with the Dalai Lama would cure him of his dishonest, unethical distortions and Outright lies verified by his behavior last week of throwing temper tantrums, whining, obscenities & vile inuendos, using wounde veterans a political campaign attack. McShame needs to be exorcised from his inner demons, maybe senility or outright bitterness has taken hold of him.
I do not want his and Bush type of security where I would have to pay with hard fought freedoms!

Not this time, Our time has Come!

Obama 08

Posted by: Elitist | July 29, 2008 2:26 PM

Back to the topic:

Where are all the Democratic "well" wishers today?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:22 PM

From Robert Novak yesterday:

"[Obama] is the most spectacular campaigner of his generation, with an appeal that extends well beyond Democratic ranks. That he lingers below the 50 percent mark is a mystery among politicians in both parties. It is particularly troubling to Democrats who recall past Democratic presidential candidates taking a huge lead over the summer before being overtaken or nearly overtaken by a surging Republican opponent.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter took a 33-point summer lead over President Gerald Ford and won in a photo finish. In 1988, Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 17 points after being nominated in Atlanta but ultimately lost the election. Al Gore and John Kerry were ahead of George W. Bush in the summer."

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 1:02 PM

P.S. to DCSage (and anyone else using this thread about McCain's health to allege he "lied" about Obama failing to visit wounded troops in Germany):

Please review my comments on those threads, including http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/07/28/mccain_continues_attack_over_c.html#comments

I will be happy to answer any questions you have on those posts.

As for the claim that he "wears padded suits to make himself look buffed" have you considered the possibility the Secret Service asked him to wear a bullet-proof vest?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 12:45 PM

llewis40:

Thank you (at least) for not wishing ill will on McCain -- you did mistakenly post "McCain has cancer" without any proof -- as you can read, however, some of your fellow Democrats aren't as civil.

Mike C (and WTF):

I never said the new Gallup poll is determinative -- BrooklynBorn / MissouriShowMe brought up that one and Obama-Junkie was asking about it, not me -- that being noted, it is a valid data point.

I do not see any info about it being weighed in favor of Utah. It was, however, weighed in favor of "likely" voters. Are you claiming that Utah has the highest percentage of "likely voters"? That may be so, but hardly Utah's fault.

We will simply have to wait and see if Obama can turn out massive numbers of "unlikely" voters. My prediction is that he won't be able to turn out enough -- maybe if there were a draft -- but "Rock the Vote" has never worked before. Be my guest to pin all your hopes on 18 year olds.

(From Electoral-Vote.com): "Chances are Gallup's screen for likely voters rejected many more Obama supporters than McCain supporters (e.g., because the the McCain supporters answered yes to questions like: Did you vote in 2006? Did you vote in 2004? Did you vote in 2002? etc. and Obama's voters didn't). But the race may be tightening as Rasmussen's tracking poll has Obama ahead 45% to 42%. Still, this is a very strange and suspicious result.

The essence of the Obama campaign is to register 10 million new voters. If these people are polled, they are probably going to fail the "likely voter" screen, which asks questions about their voting behavior in previous elections (for people over 20 at least). The pollsters are going to have to deal with this sooner or later."

Gypsy Man:

I liked http://www.notwrightforamerica.com

nerakami:

Ronald Reagan did pretty good for a 72 year old (considering the alternative, I am willing to give McSame a chance ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 12:38 PM

It is a fact that the job of USA PResident is probably the most stressful one in the world. Stress deteriorates one's physical body IF one does not engage in continuous activities that help to relieve the tension and pent up energies from the body. Does McCain exercise, does he meditate, do yoga.... what exactly does he do to help relieve the daily grind... At 72, the body's immune system is not at optimum functioning ability therefore, I honestly do not think it is a good idea to entrust America's future on such a tenuous circumstance. In my estimation, McCain is too old for the job.

Posted by: nerakami | July 29, 2008 10:43 AM

Now that McCain has jumped ahead, expect all kinds of negative stories about McCain, who the media pretended did not exist before. They seem to be seeing how many (non)stories they can write on McCain's skin removal!

BTW, check out www.notwrightforamerica.com. They're running this thing on how the liberal media, who have ignored McCain so far, are suddenly going to rediscover him and start attacking because McCain has pulled even or is leading, according to USA Today. It's called the Media McCain Rediscovery Watch, and it's hilarious!

Posted by: Gyspy Man | July 29, 2008 10:31 AM

Look at this quote from McCain:
"Took a small little nick from my cheek as she does regularly and that will be, will be biopsied just to make sure that everything is fine.''

I mean that is a blatant lie. No dermatologist regularly takes nicks from your cheek. He had a mole removed, as reported in many reputable news sources, including Washington Post.
I understand that he wants to minimize the situation, but you can't just lie outright.

Posted by: Matt | July 29, 2008 10:21 AM

Twin Peaks wrote: "I get so bitter and angry when I realize people have all but forgotten about the one person who is entitled to grab the presidency: Hillary!"

To Twin peaks; ...You are truly pathetic.
GET A LIFE!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:41 AM

john --

Yes, and all of those plane crashes McSame survived were his fault -- google it.

We don't need another over-hyped F-up like McSame in the WH -- we've had one for 8 years already.

Posted by: thesuperclassux | July 29, 2008 9:15 AM

That was good advice McCain gave Americans about getting irregular, discolored patches on their skin checked out.

The trouble is: what if you see those signs, but you can't afford to see a doctor because you have no health insurance?

The Republicans in Congress, including McCain, have no problem with getting top quality health care while denying it to tens of millions of Americans. It is time to vote the hypocrites out.

Posted by: Chuck | July 29, 2008 9:02 AM

"Don't worry about McCain. He has survived much worse: plane crashes"
Unfortunately, numerous servicemen did not survive the 5 planes incompetent McGoo crashed into them. In addition to helping the Communists shoot down American pilots, McCain killed many real heroes. This McCain as tough hero is absurd. When we have the audio and video of McCain (available for a price in Vietnam) making anti-American statements all of you McGoo arse kissers will need to come up with some new "hero" to worship. Gee, there must be plenty of more fake heroes in the GOP, right?

Posted by: McGoo crashed 5 planes | July 29, 2008 8:54 AM

Post just copies what the McGoo people say. How about some INDEPENDENT research? Any lumps?
In his files it is unclear, as the Times showed, whether McGoo has a stage 2 or stage 3 cancer. If it is 2 he could be dead very soon (if he gets selected) into the McGoo III Regime. Is this what we want?
And while we are on topic, what about his suicide attempts? What treatment did he receive after them and what drugs is he still taking? Do these explain his violent outbursts?

Posted by: Christians Against McGoo | July 29, 2008 8:48 AM

I think these nasty comments wishing McCain dead are written by unhappy Hillary fans who have nothing else to do these days. Maybe these diminishing fans should try sending a check to Hillary and help retire her debt. I know none of the rest of us will.

Posted by: No Hillary | July 29, 2008 8:45 AM

Don't worry about McCain. He has survived much worse: plane crashes, multiple fractures, POW camp, and torture. He will probably outlive many of you Obama nuts who wish for his demise. Did you know his mother is still alive?

Posted by: John | July 29, 2008 8:22 AM


There is an Extreme Reality Makeover Article in the WaPo today. I was sure it was going to be about Obama.

Mr. Bait & Switch

Can't "BELIEVE" anything he says - because he lies to you with a smiley face. Anything you want to hear today? He'll tell you whatever you want to hear. Like Bush - it all "changes" once he gets what he wants from you.

Wake up America. Mr. Cocktail napkin resume isn't going to know what's going on at 3am.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:38 AM


This is news ???

Like Reagan's polup. You people are ridiculous.

Are his stools firm? Have you checked those?


Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 7:36 AM

I get so bitter and angry when I realize people have all but forgotten about the one person who is entitled to grab the presidency: Hillary!

These are the kinds of things Hillary was referring to when she said "anything can happen in June ...""

This is why Hillary stands ready and waiting to move forward at the convention.

Hillary understands that it is the reality-based-community -- angry, bitter leftists like me who read firedoglake and who are secure in our gender identity -- that will have the ultimate say on who is elected this fall.

You GO, girl!

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | July 29, 2008 7:31 AM

Steve wrote; "He had a spot removed 8 years ago that didn't spread into his lymph nodes and they were extra cautious and did surgery."

Steve, they removed 30! 30 lymph nodes just for the heck of it?

I don't think so.
All I can say is Uh-Oh.....

Posted by: Muppet | July 29, 2008 6:58 AM

Well, he's been whining about not getting enuf media coverage . . .

Just goes to show . . . be careful what you wish for!

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | July 29, 2008 6:46 AM

John McCain is running a nastier and more negative McCain. McCain's lies about Obama's visit to wounded Armed Forces members in Germany showed off his ability to tell lies if that will get a few more votes from mean-sprited liar lovers.

McCain's problem is not so much that he has age spots that he covers up with makeup or wears padded suits to make himself look buffed. McCain's biggest negatives are that he is hapless, dishonest, dumb and a tool of lobbyists and neo-cons who flaps his arms like a goose.

John McCain will have a difficult time overcoming the reality that he is old, sorry and no-account.

Posted by: DCSage | July 29, 2008 4:34 AM

Is it possible to remove McCain's sarcastic & stupid remarks the next time he has cancer spots removed from his face? That sure would be refreshing for a change. His remarks re: Obama's trip, that he insisted upon going on are a real hoot. He is sounding more & more like a dottering old fool every day.

Posted by: jrj | July 29, 2008 12:53 AM

I find it hilarious that the racist mccain, who constantly implores Americans to not vote for Obama because he is black (Not in so many words, but we understand crptic messages when McCain questions Obama's patriotism because only black candidates have to prove their patriotism), finally gets cancer on his white skin. Bwahahahahaha! Take that you racist pigs!

Posted by: the racist mccains | July 28, 2008 11:50 PM

Sad to see the McCain camp taking the Rovian gutter-slime approach to campaigning. Seems the GOP sees no other way for republicans to hold the White House.

It may work unless someone finds a miracle drug for the "electile dysfunction" that the GOP manipulates so well.

They sound desperate.

Posted by: Gary P. | July 28, 2008 11:36 PM

Ok, I see. Mc Cain had a "spot" removed.

OR -- He has cancer, and another malignamt melanoma had developed.

Posted by: lwps | July 28, 2008 11:35 PM

playa... their is GOD... He just gives everyone an equal chance. if i were you i would not say these kind of things cuase none of us are safe from geting skin cancer. you are not sure of what will happen to you tommorrow....

Posted by: me | July 28, 2008 11:01 PM

As an Obama supporter, I am POSITIVE that the nasty comments posted are either from Hillary or McCain supporters meant to arouse anger from any decent person. This type of thinking is definitely NOT in synch with Obama supporter mentality. Nice try though.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 10:44 PM

playa - yet another example of the humanitarianism upon which lefties pride themselves.

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 28, 2008 10:09 PM

Further proof that there is no god, otherwise God would have killed McCain with this spot, and saving the lives of thousands of American troops and Iraqi civilians.

Posted by: playa | July 28, 2008 9:42 PM

McCain is very old, but I hope he stays healthy enough so that we can watch a healthy him and the Republican party fall to pieces. This is the end of the Republican error.

Posted by: John | July 28, 2008 9:10 PM

"Let's hope the biopsy comes back POSITIVE and that he dies."

Ain't the left a lovery bunch of coconuts?

Posted by: Chuckamok | July 28, 2008 9:00 PM

When McCain has tea with Queen Elizabeth II and chunks of his face fall off, is it permissible for the Queen to pick the pieces up and give them back to McCain? Or is that Cindy's job? I'm a little behind in my royal etiquette.

Posted by: Just Asking! | July 28, 2008 8:51 PM

I hope McCain dies before the election!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 28, 2008 8:46 PM

Let's hope the biopsy comes back POSITIVE and that he dies.
Posted by: Kase | July 28, 2008 7:50 PM

I'm an Obama fan, and no fan of either the neo-cons or the GOP.

That said, dude, don't go here. It's classless and puts you on a level with Coulter, Limbaugh and Pat Robertson--which is to say, beneath contempt.

McCain is not a good candidate if we want to turn the country around--he has too much negative baggage, thinks "old," and can't keep his facts straight. However, there's nothing good about wishing disease or death on someone else (as the three mentioned above have done).

Let's restore some respect and civility to the discourse. Attack his ideas, but don't attack the person.

Posted by: tellthetruth | July 28, 2008 8:28 PM

All he does is lie about Obama. Magoo has a new handler. He's pathetic and by November he'll be scraming. Let's see if the 527's attack Obama or leave him alone in October because they know his election will make them money by immediately strengthening the dollar. Truth. The only way middle class America and Seniors will get tax relief is with Obama because he'll make American multinational corporations pay tax, sixty percent of which pay no tax at all. The corporate sponsors of the Iraqi oil heist all bank tax fee in the Caymans because Republicans hid their corporate tax break in the Homeland Security Act and the tax break for the richest of the rich in a war appropriations bill. No honor. No integrity, just blatant lies to steal oil to make a ton of money. You had better get this one right America!

Posted by: bob II | July 28, 2008 8:08 PM

I have a reality to brain coordination deficit and am real po'd that younger guys don't dig it.

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 28, 2008 8:05 PM

Let's hope the biopsy comes back POSITIVE and that he dies.

Posted by: Kase | July 28, 2008 7:50 PM

It never fails. One poll has McCain ahead and JakeD all of the sudden believes a poll. The rest of the polls are irrelevant (unless they change) and only this poll matters (unless it changes). Do you even have a job? A better question is whether you have any self-awareness to know that you have no credibility with anyone here, save Krauthammer or Novak. That being said, I too hope McCain survives the election and a term if he is elected.

Posted by: WTF | July 28, 2008 7:41 PM

Mr. Magoo said he'd take the high road. Well, McCain has no idea what road he's on. Magoo says something stupid and then smirks at his audience of 12 seniors for a laugh. He's an old, old soldier and he needs to go home and have a tall, icy Bud and watch American Idol and World War II reruns. McNasty is going to get real mean to display his innate manhood and his foreign policy of blunt force trauma. Magoo said he's sorry Republicans had to like to get you to kill your kids for Halliburton but he is intent on pulling a victory from overthrowing a nation to control its oil. I think you're insane and the best thing that could ever happen to you is Barack Obama being elected.

Posted by: bob II | July 28, 2008 7:39 PM

If you're covering McCain's "spot", why didn't you cover Obama's skipping wounded in Landstuhl because he couldn't bring the cameras along?

Posted by: AsperGirl
-------------------------------------------
Because, aspirin girl, your story is a crock of crap. Take your smelly puma butt and crawl away. You have nothing new or factual. Get your HRT, before your buddy mccain cuts that to balance the budget in four years, maybe you'll get your head out then. GET OVER IT...

Posted by: md83 | July 28, 2008 7:20 PM

John

So now he's Terminator McCain or something?

If this is the case he's had a rough life. From what Ive seen so far perhaps its the reason why he seems so ODD. Ill tempered. Grumpy. Mean. Are these examples you've given us the reason for his state of mind?

It may be. Im serious. He makes me nervous.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 28, 2008 7:17 PM

Actually JakeD

The latest USA Today/Gallup poll was heavily weighted towards Utah.

Even the pollsters were uncertain about the data, the fact that there was a huge difference between registered voters (which is a much more important bloc) than likely voters.

Posted by: Mike C | July 28, 2008 7:14 PM

JakeD

I hope he doesnt have cancer. Wouldn't wish that on anyone. I do wish him well on that.

But I am a firm believer in KARMA. McCain has been running an extremely mean, hateful campaign during OBAMA's trip. May have more to do with his handlers but its all the same.

Its made him seem...ODD and strange. Jealous. Envious.

I fell he may have brought this upon himself. KARMA.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 28, 2008 7:12 PM

To all those concerned about McCain's age and health. DO YOU KNOW HIS MOTHER IS STILL ALIVE? He has survived plane crashes, POW camps, torture, multiple fractures, and cancer. He is virtually indestructible.

Posted by: John | July 28, 2008 7:11 PM

llewis40:

No one is saying this is cancer (yet).

Obama-Junkie:

The latest poll showed McCain taking the lead among LIKELY voters. You are still looking at "all registered voters" when we know they won't all vote.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/07/gains-for-mccai.html#uslPageReturn

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 6:57 PM

McCain has cancer. I wish him well when it comes to his health. Perhaps it may be a bit of Karma coming his way for being so mean and hateful this past week.

I absolutely question his state of mind. He is ill tempered. Mean. And very ODD.

He doesnt have the temperament to be President. Although OBAMA has taken the high road when it comes to Mccain and his foolish handlers its time for him to ask the American people right out:

Dose McCain has the temperament to be President of these United States? Legitimate question because the man is dammit ODD.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 28, 2008 6:27 PM

International Court of Justice (The Hague) Wish To Speak With McBush, Cheney, Rice, McCain in January for War Crimes


GOP Republican McSame, McBush, Cheney, and Rice are paying themselves and their Super Rich Oil friends millions of Treasury dollars in bonuses as Average Americans suffer and watch their children future decline. GOP Republicans have caused trillions of dollar debts outsourcing Our Country to China, Saudi Arabia and India. I see nothing patriotic about GOP Republicans destroying the lives of millions of Americans in the name of Wall Street Super Rich speculative greed.

GOP Republican McCain-McBush Have Many Many Many Crisis To Answer For
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McCain-McBush III Multi-Trillion Dollar Deficit Crisis (Disgrace)
McCain-McBush III Democracy Crisis
McCain-McBush III American People Crisis
McCain-McBush III U.S. Constitution Crisis
McCain-McBush III Barrel of Oil Crisis (Democrat $24 changed to GOP Republican $145)
McCain-McBush III Gallon of Gasoline Crisis (Democrat $1.25 changed to GOP Republican $4.50)
McCain-McBush III GOP Republican Wall Street Oil Speculation Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wall Street Super-capitalism cannibalistic Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wall Street selling America to Saudi Arabia Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wall Street selling America to India Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wall Street selling America to China Crisis
McCain-McBush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-McBush III Relations with Iran Crisis
McCain-McBush III Relations with North Korea Crisis
McCain-McBush III Relations with China Crisis
McCain-McBush III Healthcare Crisis
McCain-McBush III U.S. Economics Crisis
McCain-McBush III U.S. Employment Crisis
McCain-McBush III Out Sourcing American Jobs Crisis
McCain-McBush III Auto Industry Crisis
McCain-McBush III Airline Industry Crisis
McCain-McBush III Travel Crisis
McCain-McBush III Flood Levee Crisis
McCain-McBush III Energy Crisis
McCain-McBush III Overseas Tax Haven Rich Tax Avoidance Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wage Gap Crisis
McCain-McBush III Lack of Employees' Rights Crisis
McCain-McBush III 2000 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-McBush III 2004 Election False Vote Count Crisis
McCain-McBush III Dubious War on Drugs Crisis
McCain-McBush III Education Crisis
McCain-McBush III School Shooting Crisis
McCain-McBush III GOP Republican Drug Money Laundering Crisis
McCain-McBush III GOP Republican Drug Cartel Kickbacks Crisis
McCain-McBush III Prime Time Soft Pornography Crisis
McCain-McBush III GOP Republican Wall Street Mad Cow Crisis
McCain-McBush III Poison Water Crisis
McCain-McBush III Poison Air Crisis
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McCain-McBush III American People Lack Confidence in Government Crisis
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McCain-McBush III Food Price Crisis
McCain-McBush III Global Warming Crisis
McCain-McBush III Disasters in America Crisis
McCain-McBush III Katrina Crisis
McCain-McBush III Racist Talk Radio Crisis
McCain-McBush III Racist O'Reilly, Fox News, The New Yorker Crisis
McCain-McBush III Housing Crisis
McCain-McBush III U.S. Dollar Crisis
McCain-McBush III Deceptive Administration Crisis
McCain-McBush III Negative World Perception Crisis
McCain-McBush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-McBush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-McBush III Iraq War Crisis
McCain-McBush III Wall Street selling American Big Banks to foreign billionaires Crisis giving foreign sweatshop billionaires direct votes in Our Economy, Way of Life and Government
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Now the media (O'Reilly, FOX News, The New Yorker) pursues Boy George, because he might be a threat. What an incredibly stupid, stupid, and racist media we have. The World is watching and laughing at our stupid media and defunct Wall Street robber barons. Since when does the qualification for becoming the President includes being a poor military academy student, out of action POW, and husband to a recovering drug addict/thief/criminal? Romney the compulsive liars will not help our country as vice president. I say elect the GOP Republican and force them to fix their gigantic GOP Republican mess or impeach forever the defunct forever failing GOP Republican Party.

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 28, 2008 6:12 PM

What polls are you Obama-haters using? Because all the most recent reputable polls show Obama leading McCain anywhere from 3 to 9 pts. Even the unreputable FOX NEWS (i.e. Republican) poll has Obama with a 1 pt advantage!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 6:08 PM

If you're covering McCain's "spot", why didn't you cover Obama's skipping wounded in Landstuhl because he couldn't bring the cameras along?

Posted by: AsperGirl | July 28, 2008 6:04 PM

McCain is going to need some size 10s surgically removed from his backside once longtime pals like H. Ross Perot are done putting the boot in.

Don't underestimate how much some of the grand old-timers dislike the guy and think he's a phony.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:03 PM

MissouriShowMe:

Polling is fast these days, but not that fast. The latest Gallup Poll was conducted Friday and Saturday, before today's news.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:57 PM

McCain has a mole removed and Gallup/USA Today shows him up 4 points on Obama. Is it the sympathty vote? Does he now look more handsome? Of course, symbolically if he can remove a mole, maybe he can cure the economy. Wise control of growth. That is a qualification for governing the U.S. That explains the 10 point swing in the Gallup poll from last month. Thanks for the info BrooklynBorn. At least somebody in following the real news.

Posted by: MissouriShowMe | July 28, 2008 5:53 PM

DaTourist: Get over yourself with your ridiculous venom. You fit the mold of poor white trash who would vote against their interest just for skin color.

As fro McCain I guess he's getting his money's worth in Congressional health care. Wonder how long it will stretch his life expectancy. Too long no doubt.

Posted by: Repub troll | July 28, 2008 5:38 PM

yo, Pea Pod, I smoke Kools. You got a problem wit dat BEEEYOTCH?

Posted by: Killa NAZ | July 28, 2008 5:24 PM

"BTW: more than 60 million of us "losers" voted for GWB ..."

JakeD, we're all here for ya, brother. Let it out! .... Good. Now take this pill to relax, and when you wake up, everything will be better.

Posted by: Nurse Ratched | July 28, 2008 5:21 PM

DaTourist:

Does your State conduct early absentee balloting?

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 5:19 PM

"McCain is regularly having chunks of skin removed from a part of his body with a history or a very aggressive, deadly, and reccurrent form of cancer? That is most certainly news and everyone should be aware of that. If his cancer is in remission and everything is fine then why is he regularly having chunks of flesh carved off of his face? You don't do that unless there is a problem.

Posted by: Skin Cancer | July 28, 2008 4:50 PM"

===========================================

Dear Skin Cancer:

You are hilarious. Frightening, but hilarious. 'Chunks'? EEEEK.

Posted by: Susan | July 28, 2008 5:18 PM

And I thought the most important news of the day was the Gallup/USA Today poll released today.

The Friday-Sunday poll, mostly conducted as Obama was returning from his much-publicized overseas trip and released just this hour, shows McCain now ahead 49%-45% among voters that Gallup believes are most likely to go to the polls in November. In late June, he was behind among likely voters, 50%-44%.

Posted by: BrooklynBorn | July 28, 2008 5:14 PM

I think he had his computer chip upgraded after last week.

:)

Posted by: Susan | July 28, 2008 5:13 PM

Ah, Jeff. McCain had something growing on his face. This wasn't no check up. If McCain was cancer free it would've been reported. Ya know, if your voting for McCain because your a republican, you can forget that noise. There is no republican party. There may not be a democratic party. Look whats going on in Europe with the new EU. Bush has already signed the papers to scrap the constitution and join Mexico and Canada with the United States. If Obama's elected he'll probably be forced to play along. If McCain's elected forget about it. I think some of you people want to see this country flushed down the bowl. Take a look back at everything that's been going on in the U.S. then watch this movie, ZEITGEIST FEDERAL RESERVE 1 of 5, then tell me what you think.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ

Posted by: Mike | July 28, 2008 5:00 PM

At 64, I take personally each one of these liberal media stories about McCain's age, and I'll cast my vote for McCain if I have to go on life support to reach the touch screen on November 4, 2008.

As for Barack Obama, this young and inexperienced man should take America more seriously, and himself less seriously.

Liberal pomposity is the worse kind.

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:57 PM

JakeD: LOL. Do you still manage to get a rise out of people with that one?

Posted by: Masha HUSSEIN | July 28, 2008 4:54 PM

Age and experience beats youth and flash any ol' day!

Vote McCain! You'll never have to listen to a lame excuse about why the Defense Department kept him from visiting wounded US troops!

McCain didn't knuckle in to the VietNamese torturers and nobody can intimidate him!

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:53 PM

Never in my 60 years of voting for president was I faced with the present situation.Two candidates that should have never been allowed to reach this stage. One, bi-racial with an ego that cannot be measured, no matter what method of measurement you use, and the other an old and sick man who instead of enjoying his beautiful wife and all the bounties that this country has given them, is so power driven that he cannot see the harm he will do this country if elected. All I can say,is God Bless America and remind my fellow citizens that also God helps those who help themselves!

Posted by: Stelios | July 28, 2008 4:51 PM

Obama-Junkie:

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:51 PM

Dianne72:

What the devil does Mrs. Obama's articulate speech or alleged lack of same have to do with the topic at hand? "Ghetto-speak"!!?? Please.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 4:51 PM

McCain is regularly having chunks of skin removed from a part of his body with a history or a very aggressive, deadly, and reccurrent form of cancer? That is most certainly news and everyone should be aware of that. If his cancer is in remission and everything is fine then why is he regularly having chunks of flesh carved off of his face? You don't do that unless there is a problem.

Posted by: Skin Cancer | July 28, 2008 4:50 PM

McCain will get 98 percent of the white vote over 50, and those folks vote at the highest rate of any demographic!

Give Obama the gays and blacks and Cindy Sheehans!

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:47 PM

How many cancers has McCain had again? This is getting out of control. I don't want to watch the President waste away day after day.

Posted by: crankshaft53 | July 28, 2008 4:46 PM

Obama seems to have a lot of secrets.

He never lights up in public.

When you find out Obama's secrets, they can't be put back in the jar again!

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:45 PM

Sean

I cant remember the name of the gum but OBAMA has said on many occasions that he chews a sort of cigarette substitute that he says tastes like pepper. Since then people have been sending him gum, their own stories and e-mails on how to kick the habit. Even his wife urged people to help him.

Its been in the news.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 28, 2008 4:44 PM

I love reading the Obama-hater responses from people like Dianne72, Wayne, and others.

Instead of talking about important national issues (and the differences between the two candidates) like on the economy, Iraq/Afghanistan, energy prices, or healthcare, the Obama-haters want to insult the characters of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

This is one of the main reasons why McCain will lose badly in November. We in America have got too many important issues to face in the next 4 to 10 years to be occupied with the "politics of personal destruction".

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 4:41 PM

It's not the spot on his face that is the major concern. I hope he can cure that.

It's the Reuters story: "Up to 5 pct of elderly lose memory each year: study"

== Now that should concern us all.

With all due respect to Mr. McCain, it is time for the next generation to earn their keep: Let's put Obama to work for America.

Posted by: benighse | July 28, 2008 4:39 PM

Suzyf has pined the tail on the elephant.

Ive been feeling very uncomfortable watching and listing to McCain speak and his appearance. He is ill tempered and mean. With a phony forced smile on his face. he has deep issues and it looks like the American people are taking a harder look at this man, especially how foolish and clumsy he and his supporters have partrade themselves during OBAMA's European trip.

And not everyone knew about the fact that FDR was in a wheelchair. The government did a good job of hiding it.

During a more naive, simple, ill say less educated time the American people believed everything their government told them.

Thank God those days are gone.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 28, 2008 4:39 PM

Obama is a chain smoker who has a background of cancer in his family.

But no media attention on that.

Posted by: Sean | July 28, 2008 4:37 PM

Jeff:

I didn't say that I was a McCain supporter, I said that I like Senator McCain. I do.

I am a died-in-the-wool Democrat who believes that both parties want to put forward their best candidate. During his first campaign, I was not a Bill Clinton supporter (oh, so many years ago!) because I believed he kept too many secrets -- secrets that I feared made him vulnerable to blackmail. I was a Tsongas supporter who was truly angry when I found out how sick he was, he would have died early in office had he been elected -- who knows if he would even have survived the rigors of a general election.

I have Republican friends who were not supporters of Senator McCain during the primaries, and part of the reason was their concerns re: his age and his health. Be suspicious if you want, but I think that if a candidate has health issues that call into question the ability to serve for a full four years, then the party nominating him has the right to know that. In that way, the Party would still have the time to put forward another candidate.

If McCain's doctor gives him a clean bill of health, I think this subject should be dropped as a matter of obsessive interest and become nothing more than simply one more thing for voters to consider before casting their vote.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 4:37 PM

Obama's got the WASHINGTON POST, but McCain's got the confidence of the people, and will get more votes on November 4, 2008.

Would I have confidence in McCain if McCain had the WP endorsement and biased coverage? Hmmmmm....

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:37 PM

The Melanoma skin cancer, as McCain says, is "preventable" (by not exposing yourself to the sun in the first place), but it is NOT a curable cancer, and comes back time and again.

Posted by: bodo | July 28, 2008 4:36 PM

Why can't Obama give up Kools?

Does he have an "addictive personality" or what?

Posted by: DaTourist | July 28, 2008 4:34 PM

Obama's mother died of cancer and Obama is a frequent smoker his whole life.

Obama could just as easily have bad health as McCain.

Why not all the health concerns about him.

Obama is having trouble walking because of a bad hip.

Will he need hip replacement surgery?

Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2008 4:33 PM

Jeff...classic poor (Karl Rovian) Republican argument. Once a legitimate concern is expressed affecting Americans, divert and distract.

Jeff, are you a 72 year old in poor health having had numerous bouts with skin cancer in the past?

this is McCain's problem.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 4:33 PM

HemiHead: Fox News reported this morning McCain canceled his trip to an oil rig because of bad weather; nothing to do with the fact you could smell diesel in New Orleans from the barge-tugboat collision. Good old Fox; turning out enough "low information voters" to keep the country in perpetual chaos.

Posted by: maxfli | July 28, 2008 4:32 PM

Paul Tsongas died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma that is totally different.

He died of liver failure. He had a serious condition not what happens as a routine visit to the doctor.

Posted by: Jeff | July 28, 2008 4:32 PM

This is the dems playing the FEAR FACTOR.

A routing visit to the dermatologist becomes the lead story.

This is routine. Every few months they take a nick just to check and be extra precautious.

But the dems and the media love the fear factor.


See it worked the dems already have masha saying they should dump mcCain and we need extra info just because of a regular visit.


It worked. The election from hell that is having Rev Wright's protege shoved down our throats.

The election from hell.

Posted by: Wayne | July 28, 2008 4:29 PM

Cathy:

"McCain took the Republican nomination with the slimest of percentages over his opponents ..."

Perhaps you are confusing McCain with Obama's margain over Hillary?

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:29 PM


I am amazed by what Senator Obama has accomplished. I have been in this country for 5 years and when I arrived I was struck at how poor and uneducated most blacks are. I could never figure out why most had children out of wedlock, sold drugs, and were in jail. I suppose it is the slave metality from generations ago but at some point they will have to take responsibility. I think that is the reason Senator Obama appeals to so many whites because he isn't 100% black. He has a black face but the mentality of a white person. That makes the vote palatable and they can feel good about themselves. I doubt many of these white voters would go for an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - just too black and they are for more representative of the black American - not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | July 28, 2008 4:27 PM

McCain has never had any serious health condition.

He had a spot removed 8 years ago that didn't spread into his lymph nodes and they were extra cautious and did surgery.

It was 8 years ago.

Now every few months being extra cautious his doctors nick a spot and check just to be extra cautious.

This is a non story.


Masha so you are more concerned about this non story than Obama's relationship with Rev Wright.


Amazing simply amazing. We need to know.


Masha the doctors have a biopsy just a precaution to check for his light skin.


You will have the answer back in 48 hours.

I hope that is good enough for you.


I have this happen to me all the time because of my light skin.


I know it is breaking news.


My god I hate the way this election is covered with every fiber in my body.


Thank god only 98 more days left of this election reporting.

Posted by: Steve | July 28, 2008 4:25 PM

My vote for McCain is to overturn Roe v. Wade. BTW: more than 60 million of us "losers" voted for GWB ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 4:25 PM

Luke I think I saw the outcome of that trial on cable. Most of the people are already dead. Exxon sure knows how to put off a trial. Look at the spill the other day in the mississippi. Total disaster. Ya got a 150 ships backed up and the whole river has been turned into a sewer. Now they want to destroy ANWR. When everyone finally wakes up It'll be to late.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 28, 2008 4:24 PM

Masha, I don't believe you.

I don't believe any republican would make something out of nothing.

Every three months his doctors take a nick just to check.

He had nothing. It is just a precaution to check.

He had nothing.

He had nothing.


This is a nothing story. I have the same thing happen with me because I have light skin.

To say we need to know.

Know what. My god the dems have nominated Rev Wright's protege and you say you are a McCain supporter and demanding info.


Color me suspicious.

Posted by: Jeff | July 28, 2008 4:21 PM

He has been know as "Insane Mcain" since he entered the senate by the other senators

===========
Bob - please, take it elsewhere. Like others on the line here I would never ever vote for McCain (unless it was against Bush, I guess) but metastatic melanoma is an awful way to go. I've had melanoma caught early (by one of the 3 monthly checkups) so know something about it - about 1/3 of cases will have a recurrence.
I do think concerns about his age and overall health should focus on what he endured as a torture survivor - I don't think people ever return to "normal" after that. Some of his temper problems I attribute to the extreme mental and physical stress he suffered.
Do I think someone who has been tortured should never be president? I'm not saying that, but I do think we should look very closely at that person's longer term mental health.

Posted by: suzyf | July 28, 2008 3:29 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:19 PM

JakeD: I guess that is what comes of having been a Tsongas supporter! Boy, was I angry when I found out how sick he was.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 4:08 PM

Hey Jake. Tell me what makes you want to vote for McCain. Is it the big tax cuts for the rich. What is it.

Posted by: Mike | July 28, 2008 4:08 PM

Suzyf makes a good point. However, John McCain has a long standing reputation for being a trouble maker and hell raiser going back to his grade school days. He has bragged about it when it suited him. You put that kind of personality in a POW camp for 5 years and you have a problem. People from his own political party acknowledge his disposition and demeanor as troubling. No where in our government can you obtain employment over the age of 66, even if you are a picture of health, which McCain is not. Yet, we have this 72 year old who is known to have a terrible temper, takes blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication, prescription sleep aides and has had several bouts of cancer wanting to lead our country. It doesn't make sense for any country to put themselves in this kind of situation. He is on disability income, social security and the like. McCain took the Republican nomination with the slimest of percentages over his opponents and is barely pulling 40% in most head to head polls. It just isn't going to happen for him and that is best for our country at this time in its history.

Posted by: cathy | July 28, 2008 4:07 PM

McCain and big oil

[Thursday, June 26, 2008] Twenty years after Exxon Valdez slimed over one thousand miles of Alaskan beaches, the company has yet to pay the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded by the jury. And now they won't have to. The Supreme Court today cut Exxon's liability by 90% to half a billion. It's so cheap, it's like a permit to spill.

Exxon knew this would happen. Right after the spill, I was brought to Alaska by the Natives whose Prince William Sound islands, livelihoods, and their food source was contaminated by Exxon crude. My assignment: to investigate oil company frauds that led to to the disaster. There were plenty.

But before we brought charges, the Natives hoped to settle with the oil company, to receive just enough compensation to buy some boats and rebuild their island villages to withstand what would be a decade of trying to survive in a polluted ecological death zone.

In San Diego, I met with Exxon's US production chief, Otto Harrison, who said, "Admit it; the oil spill's the best thing to happen" to the Natives.

His company offered the Natives pennies on the dollar. The oil men added a cruel threat: take it or leave it and wait twenty years to get even the pennies. Exxon is immortal - but Natives die.

And they did. A third of the Native fishermen and seal hunters I worked with are dead. Now their families will collect one tenth of their award, two decades too late.

In today's ruling, Supreme Court Justice David Souter wrote that Exxon's recklessness was ''profitless'' - so the company shouldn't have to pay punitive damages. Profitless, Mr. Souter? Exxon and its oil shipping partners saved billions - BILLIONS - by operating for sixteen years without the oil spill safety equipment they promised, in writing, under oath and by contract.

The official story is, "Drunken Skipper Hits Reef." But don't believe it, Mr. Souter. Alaska's Native lands and coastline were destroyed by a systematic fraud motivated by profit-crazed penny-pinching.

Here's the unreported story, the one you won't get tonight on the Petroleum Broadcast System:

It begins in 1969 when big shots from Humble Oil and ARCO (now known as Exxon and British Petroleum) met with the Chugach Natives, owners of the most valuable parcel of land on the planet: Valdez Port, the only conceivable terminus for a pipeline that would handle a trillion dollars in crude oil.

These Alaskan natives ultimately agreed to sell the Exxon consortium this astronomically valuable patch of land -- for a single dollar.

The Natives refused cash. Rather, in 1969, they asked only that the oil companies promise to protect their Prince William Sound fishing and seal hunting grounds from oil.

In 1971, Exxon and partners agreed to place the Natives' specific list of safeguards into federal law. These commitments to safety reassured enough Congressmen for the oil group to win, by one vote, the right to ship oil from Valdez.


The oil companies repeated their promises under oath to the US Congress.

The spill disaster was the result of Exxon and partners breaking every one of those promises - cynically, systematically, disastrously, in the fifteen years leading up to the spill.

Forget the drunken skipper fable. As to Captain Joe Hazelwood, he was below decks, sleeping off his bender. At the helm, the third mate would never have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his Raycas radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker's radar was left broken and disasbled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was just too expensive to fix and operate.

For the Chugach, this discovery was poignantly ironic. On their list of safety demands in return for Valdez was "state-of-the-art" on-ship radar.

We discovered more, but because of the labyrinthine ways of litigation, little became public, especially about the reckless acts of the industry consortium, Alyeska, which controls the Alaska Pipeline.

Several smaller oil spills before the Exxon Valdez could have warned of a system breakdown. But a former Senior Lab Technician with Alyeska, Erlene Blake, told our investigators that management routinely ordered her to toss out test samples of water evidencing spilled oil. She was ordered to refill the test tubes with a bucket of clean sea water called, "The Miracle Barrel."
In a secret meeting in April 1988, Alyeska Vice-President T.L. Polasek confidentially warned the oil group executives that, because Alyeska had never purchased promised safety equipment, it was simply "not possible" to contain an oil spill past the Valdez Narrows -- exactly where the Exxon Valdez ran aground 10 months later.
The Natives demanded (and law requires) that the shippers maintain round- the-clock oil spill response teams. Alyeska hired the Natives, especiallly qualified by their generations-old knowledge of the Sound, for this emergency work. They trained to drop from helicopters into the water with special equipment to contain an oil slick at a moments notice. But in 1979, quietly, Alyeska fired them all. To deflect inquisitive state inspectors, the oil consortium created sham teams, listing names of oil terminal workers who had not the foggiest idea how to use spill equipment which, in any event, was missing, broken or existed only on paper.
In 1989, when the oil poured from the tanker, there was no Native response team, only chaos.
Today, twenty years after the oil washed over the Chugach beaches, you can kick over a rock and it will smell like an old gas station.

The cover story of the Drunken Captain serves the oil industry well. It falsely presents America's greatest environmental disaster as a tale of human frailty, a one-time accident. But broken radar, missing equipment, phantom spill teams, faked tests -- the profit-driven disregard of the law -- made the spill an inevitability, not an accident.

Yet Big Oil tells us, as they plead to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, as Senator John McCain calls for drilling off the shores of the Lower 48, it can't happen again.

They promise.

Greg Palast is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow for Investigative Reporting at the Nation Institute, New York. Read and view his investigations for BBC Television at www.GregPalast.com. An earlier version of this report originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Photos by James Macalpine (1993).


Posted by: Luke Wright | July 28, 2008 4:07 PM

JakeD, the Edwards example is not the same as the McCain situation, but to answer your question, YES!

In fact, I asked a similiar question of John Edwards during the Democratic primaries. Why was John Edwards running again for president with his wife battling cancer? Both of them have young children.

P.s. It takes a brave soul to admit to vote for a loser like Bush twice.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 3:57 PM

Well, Masha, at least you would be consistent. Completely unrealistic, but consistent. My suspicion is that others would give a more partisan response if the shoe were on the other foot.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 3:56 PM

JakeD, it says alot about you that you are willing to admit you voted twice for GW Bush. Now, go take your meds and come visit us again. I wish the best for Senator McCain and his health. It is the over all health of the American people I am concerned about should McCain get elected. Not likely that is going to happen.

Posted by: cathy | July 28, 2008 3:54 PM

JakeD:

I would. I don't ever want to have a president who is able to be blackmailed due to a secret like that. Better to have it out in the open.

I would also be pissed as hell that someone with that kind of secret (Clinton redux) was ruining the Democrats' chances of winning the White House.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 3:50 PM

No farther explanation will be given. That means he has cancer. He can't say he don't because it would be a lie. If he was cancer free the press would've reported it. What bothers me is that the American people deserve better than this. McCain's whole campaign is one big lie. He uses a cancer rally to take shots at Obama. Yesterday he played Obama as a traitor for not visiting troops in the hospital. This is going to be the biggest sham election in the United States.

Posted by: Mike | July 28, 2008 3:47 PM

Sorry, Obama-Junkie, I just meant to ask you the following question:

If John Edwards were the presumptive Democratic nominee this time around, would you still be saying that the American people should have information and confidence that the next US President will be able to give the US his undivided energy and attention?

To answer your questions, though, I am not a registered Republican. I voted for GWB both times and plan to vote for McCain this time too.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 3:46 PM

Obama-Junkie:

If John Edwards were the presumptive Democratic nominee this time around, would you still be saying that the American people should have information and confidence that the next US President will be able to give the US his undivided energy and attention?

That is why the choice for VP for John McCain has been so thrilling for much of the mainstream media.

Posted by:

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 3:43 PM

Who on here is a Republican who voted for GW Bush in 2000 and 2004, and now is considering voting for McCain in 2008?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 3:42 PM

actually, I joke because I love. I know the old guy is semi-conscious and Rove took over his operation. I do not wish bad things healthwize on Mr. McGoo, although I am pretty peeved at the 3 pronged attack on Obama over the last 2 day's. But I'm well aware that something had to be done to get that picture of him trying out for the single-sex, "Dancing With the Stars" tryout with that other old guy in the orange strapless gown.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 28, 2008 3:42 PM

Masha, your statement and concern are justified. The U.S.A. has a lot of problems to fix due to the Bush years. The American people should have information and confidence that the next US President will be able to give the US his undivided energy and attention.

That is why the choice for VP for John McCain has been so thrilling for much of the mainstream media.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Jesse:

No, I do not post on Politico all the time: consider the possibility for a mere instant that there could be two individuals named Masha (common Russian diminutive of Marie!).

I think it is only fair that Republicans get fair and full information regarding the state of Senator McCain's health. I like him, and would never wish metastatic cancer on anyone. That said, if he is not healthy enough to serve for four years as president, the Party should have the right to run someone who is!

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 3:38 PM

These Obamabots are laughable.

They all come on these boards and post like they are independent voters.

Then don't tell you that they all have profiles at huffingtonpost.com.

Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2008 3:37 PM

McCain is actually black, but has faded white. An occasional part of his black heritage is trying to get out (like in the Exorcist -- Help me!)

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 28, 2008 3:36 PM

To nleath

who are you kidding you have a profile at huffington post.com.

you make it sound like you are an independent voter when you aren't.

We need to know. Oh yeah I'm sure this will weight heavily with you.

Posted by: willy | July 28, 2008 3:36 PM

To Suzyf:

Did Obama going to Wright's church and nodding as America was bashed for 20 years leave him scarred.

Posted by: Dave | July 28, 2008 3:34 PM

Suzyf McCain doesn't have a temper problem.

He hasn't shown a temper once on this trail.


Obama is the one with rage. He went to Wright's church for 20 years as America was being bashed.

Obama is known to curse out young staffers if they schedule an extra parade.

Obama threatened a legislature in the illinios senate.


Obama hangs out with rezko, father pfleger, wright, khalidi.


Obama is the one who wouldn't sign an autograph for that guy, walks out of press conferences, won't hold open town halls for the public.

McCain has held hundreds of open town halls for the public compared to almost none for Obama.

Obama didn't even say hello to people in the gym in mississippi that said hi to him.


Obama is the one who called ice agents terrorists for arresting illegals.


Posted by: Jeff | July 28, 2008 3:33 PM

Hmmm...as an Obama supporter, making fun of someone who has cancer is not cool.

If I were a McCain supporter, I would worry about this "spot" removal. McCain is not 19 years old getting a "spot" removal. He is 71 years old and has a history of cancer. This makes you wonder about McCain's band-aid on the top of his head a few months ago in McCain said that he bumped his head on the bottom of the limo door.

With Bob Novak having been revealed that he has a brain tumor, more scrutiny will be given to McCain.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 28, 2008 3:32 PM

Masha you are an Obamabot who posts all the time at politico.com.

Get off of it.

Posted by: Jesse | July 28, 2008 3:30 PM

Bob - please, take it elsewhere. Like others on the line here I would never ever vote for McCain (unless it was against Bush, I guess) but metastatic melanoma is an awful way to go. I've had melanoma caught early (by one of the 3 monthly checkups) so know something about it - about 1/3 of cases will have a recurrence.
I do think concerns about his age and overall health should focus on what he endured as a torture survivor - I don't think people ever return to "normal" after that. Some of his temper problems I attribute to the extreme mental and physical stress he suffered.
Do I think someone who has been tortured should never be president? I'm not saying that, but I do think we should look very closely at that person's longer term mental health.

Posted by: suzyf | July 28, 2008 3:29 PM

This is not cancer.

The doctor said it was nothing.

I have this happen all the time with my light skin.

They take any spot off as a precaution that they wouldn't do for someone with darker skin.

Everything is always tested as a precaution.


It would be like saying we can't elect Obama because he will need hip replacement surgery because he went to the doctor.

Obama won't be able to walk. This is how idiotic this story is.

Posted by: Jeff | July 28, 2008 3:28 PM

The public should have been made aware of the state of FDR's health the last time he ran -- he did not die because he was in a wheelchair as a result of his polio -- he died because he was very sick with heart disease. The public should have been given this information (i.e., heart disease) and the opportunity to decide for itself whether his illness disqualified him from being re-elected as president.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 3:26 PM

Any form of cancer is not a laughing matter. However, we need to know if a potential presidential candidate is healthy enough to serve.

Posted by: nleath | July 28, 2008 3:24 PM

Perhaps they could remove the black spot from his heart that appeared last week when the new and unimproved Sen. McCain levelled charges of sedition against Sen. Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:21 PM

Could be but I bet you don't have a head that looks likes deflated muffin and a history like his.

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This is nothing.

I have very light skin and have the slightest spot taken off from my doctor.

She does this at least once every few months as a precaution.


Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2008 3:12 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | July 28, 2008 3:15 PM

I am a rabid Obama supporter but I do not think McCain's cancer is funny. I also do not think it is something you want to wish on anyone or smirk about.

Maybe the reason he bumbles about so much is he is sick. But the Repubs has selected him. His cancer and bandage are NOT funny.

Posted by: ZenNonna | July 28, 2008 3:14 PM

This is nothing.

I have very light skin and have the slightest spot taken off from my doctor.

She does this at least once every few months as a precaution.


Posted by: Sam | July 28, 2008 3:12 PM

Actually, very few. They went to great pains to build stands with arm holds on them and stage things that appeared he could stand. Even going as far as a sort of chariot he would ride in with him at the level of a standing man and his aides carried him to fake walking. When he was elected to his last term they lied about his healdh and was in the final stages of heart failier. He was dead shortly after the election. The public was tricked into electing a dead man as president of the united states. It was like "Weekend at Bernies".


JakeD-
The public KNEW President Roosevelt was in a wheelchair...the government just didn't want any pictures...
Like Bush and the coffins of soldiers coming back from Iraq.

Posted by: | July 28, 2008 3:05 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:11 PM

Metastasize. PLEASE metastasize!

Posted by: Bob | July 28, 2008 3:11 PM

To Chris,

Lighten up. I have very light skin and my dermatologist is constantly removing the slightest spot as a precaution.

This is nothing. This happens all the time. The only difference is the media is reporting it.

The doctor said it was nothing.

For the media to report it when the doctor said it was nothing just shows how much the media wants to hurt McCain.


Mitt Romney is unelectable.

I like Mitt but a mormon is unelectable.

If you look at how Romney polled against Obama he lost by 30 percent in all the polls.

You can look at all the polling of Romney vs Obama.

There are a huge swath of conservative voters who won't vote for a mormon. That is sad but those are the facts.

Posted by: Dave | July 28, 2008 3:10 PM

Out damned spot!

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 28, 2008 3:09 PM

Like I've said...good (great)chance the old BabyBurner won't MAKE it until the election!
LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: Kase | July 28, 2008 2:57 PM
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Regardless of who you want to be President, a post like this is just out of bounds and lacks any kind of humor. My mother died from melanoma and it was not a very "humorous" thing to watch believe me. Why don't we all try a little compassion for our fellow Americans? I would not vote for John McCain for any reason but I certainly do not wish him any ill will. This entire election season has been so very demeaning to every American who cares about our country. Let's just stop.

Posted by: ossilot | July 28, 2008 3:07 PM

They will get something new, his vice president. Mccain will never make it through the first term.

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I think we made a huge mistake by selecting John McCain. American people by a large margin want something new, a depart from the incompetent W Bush. Mitt Romney would have been the ideal choice, but we chose to stick to what we know for 3 decades and the result is a sad campaign. The White House is not a retirement home and John McCain is giving the WH to Obama.

Posted by: Chris | July 28, 2008 2:58 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:06 PM

JakeD-
The public KNEW President Roosevelt was in a wheelchair...the government just didn't want any pictures...
Like Bush and the coffins of soldiers coming back from Iraq.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:05 PM

I have a lot of doubt about the reports they are letting out. They were so quick to say nothing was wrong this morning they didn't even get the correct side of his face it was on. Now they have pulled back from saying it was nothing and saying very little and comments are being issued through an aide?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:04 PM

Apology accepted.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 3:01 PM

Barack Hussain Obama sends his as the doctors launch a Jihad on John McCain's face.

Posted by: Jihandha | July 28, 2008 2:56 PM
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What a nonsensical post. People sure are bizarre!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:00 PM

I think we made a huge mistake by selecting John McCain. American people by a large margin want something new, a depart from the incompetent W Bush. Mitt Romney would have been the ideal choice, but we chose to stick to what we know for 3 decades and the result is a sad campaign. The White House is not a retirement home and John McCain is giving the WH to Obama.

Posted by: Chris | July 28, 2008 2:58 PM

Like I've said...good (great)chance the old BabyBurner won't MAKE it until the election!
LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: Kase | July 28, 2008 2:57 PM

Barack Hussain Obama sends his as the doctors launch a Jihad on John McCain's face.

Posted by: Jihandha | July 28, 2008 2:56 PM

One has to wonder if the old war hero is up to the task. He turns 72 next month. That the average age of most retirement communities. Nothing against the elderly but that's not most desirable person to have with their finger on the button.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 28, 2008 2:53 PM

JakeD:

Sorry, that last one re: my concerns regarding cancerous melanomas was mistagged!

Sincerely,

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 2:51 PM

Different altogether. Being in a wheelchair was not potentially fatal (rather, a result of FDR's battle with polio), cancerous melanomas are. Indeed, cancerous melanomas are very scary (run in my family), and are NOT to be underestimated.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 2:50 PM

Masha:

Just like the public had a right to know FDR was in a wheelchair?

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 2:47 PM

Senator McCain needs to make a much more complete disclosure than a vague reference to a "spot." I want to elect a healthy candidate, and to that end I need more complete information. If Senator McCain just had precancerous cells removed, the public has a right to know.

Posted by: Masha | July 28, 2008 2:46 PM

Robert Novak has been hospitalized with a brain tumor too ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 2:19 PM

Best wishes to John SIDNEY McCain for a full and speedy recovery.

Posted by: JakeD | July 28, 2008 2:15 PM

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