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Palin to Release Some Medical Information

By Juliet Eilperin
GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will release at least some information about her medical records this week, according to aides, though it remains unclear whether she will release the documents themselves.

When asked about the release of Palin's medical records, her spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News, "We are working on this and it will happen sooner than later."

But in a follow-up e-mail, Schmitt told The Trail, "I'm referencing a release of information regarding her medical history." That could mean that the campaign will release a summary of her medical history, rather than allowing reporters to view the actual records themselves -- the same approach taken by Barack Obama, who released a letter from his physician summarizing his health history, rather than the raw medical records.

Posted at 2:59 PM ET on Oct 27, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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Can someone explain whether it is officially necessary for a candidate to release medical information? Articles without this information for the reader are no help.

If she should release medical records, then she damn well better do it. They shouldn't be allowed to hedge on this. If she's not required, we should just forget about it already.

If they are required, why is it so damn difficult to turn them over? Mine are sitting in a filing cabinet in my home office. AND I was president of my high school student government association.

I could run for VP and I'd be happy to turn the records over.

Posted by: washtopdx | October 30, 2008 9:30 PM


Posted by: lpont | October 30, 2008 2:52 PM

last post truncated, repeated here:

Oh, by the way, we curently have the second lowest corporate tax rate in the world. Doesn't that sound competitive?

Oh, by the way, most smal business owners who have an accountant have their business structured as an S-Corp or LLC - their business profits flow to their personal return. For the less than 3% of SB owners making more than $250,000, they STILL SAVE under Obama!


(thank you JimTallby74)

In conclusion, the last remaining logical excuse to vote McSame is the race card, since your deck is now empty. Go Fish.

Posted by: thecatheter | October 28, 2008 5:54 AM

Oh, by the way, we curently have the second lowest corporate tax rate in the world. Doesn't that sound competitive?

Oh, by the way, most smal business owners who have an accountant have their business structured as an S-Corp or LLC - their business profits flow to their personal return. For the

In conclusion, the last remaining logical excuse to vote McSame is the race card, since your deck is now empty. Go Fish.

Posted by: thecatheter | October 28, 2008 5:50 AM

The anti-semetic argument is Barak-hyperbole. Now that we are in the new year (5769) perhaps you should get your supratentorium out of your external sphincter.

We each need to make our own decisions, but this along with what's been happening over the past 4 weeks gave me renewed confidence:

We face great problems needing rational solutions not irrational exhuberance.

Choose your poison wisely, not on he-said-she-said. Re-read the 2001 transcript carefully, as you are a scientist not a scientologist.

Posted by: thecatheter | October 28, 2008 3:59 AM

The article in the NY Times last week said that Obama had released results of his physical exams going back to 2001. I seem to remember the lab test results were included. Therefore, this article may be incorrect saying that Obama has only released a summary.

Posted by: Malia2 | October 28, 2008 1:08 AM


Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:03 PM

I've been concerned with Obama's committment to Israel after he changed his stance on Jerusalem immediately following Palestinian complaint 1 day after AIPAC-

Gateway Pundit
Friday, October 24, 2008
Confirmed: MSM Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!

LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in April.
Wallsten discussed a dinner held back in 2003 in honor of Khalidi, a critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.
Barack Obama has denied his close association with Khalidi, too.
According to Wallsten the evening not surprisingly turned into a classic Jew-bash:
"During the dinner a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Barack Obama also praised the former PLO operative during the event.
And, Obama confessed that his family often shared dinner with the Khalidis:
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."
...The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The (LA)Times.
Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared meals together.
By the way, Khalidi was also best friends with Bill Ayers.
Wallston was one of the few mainstream media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.

Wallston said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he was concerned he was through with the story.

I asked him if he was planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment on his source for the video. So, there you have it.
The LA Times has video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not release the video.
This is outrageous.
Obviously, this video would do great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
Maybe this is the reason it is not being released?
Barack Obama funnelled thousands of dollars of cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 7:48 PM

"Democrats for McCain Myth"

There is no such thing as a Democrat for McCain unless:

1. You were "one of those" Republicans who followed the call of your right-wing-extremist leaders and changed your party affiliation in the primaries to vote against Obama by voting for Hillary.

2. You're racist (and might not even know it)

3. You're unconscious.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 27, 2008 7:42 PM

Rumor is she's had some cosmetic surgery and doesn't want the media to find out.

But really, who cares? It's the health of her brain that concerns me.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 27, 2008 5:09 PM

Who cares? Really? It is too late for the McCain camp to change the subject again. At 44 she is the youngest candidate running.

I say keep your medical records and your $100,000 worth of clothes and head back to Alaska.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 27, 2008 4:28 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 27, 2008 4:04 PM

How much you wan to bet that the info contains nothing about the birth of Trig.

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 27, 2008 3:50 PM

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Posted by: JimTallby74 | October 27, 2008 3:03 PM

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