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Palin Releases Clean Medical Summary Hours Before Polls Open

By Juliet Eilperin
Just hours before voters nationwide were to head to the polls, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin released tonight a two-page summary (PDF) of her medical history.

The letter, dated Nov. 3 and signed by her family physician, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who is on staff at the Providence Alaska Medical Center, says that the Alaska governor is in "very good health" and has "no major medical problems."

Baldwin-Johnson has served as the governor's family physician since 1997 and Palin has sought medical attention from the clinic since 1991. "Her visits have been related to routine women's health care and pregnancy," Baldwin-Johnson writes.

The bulk of the letter describes how Palin learned in the second trimester of her most recent pregnancy that her youngest son had Down syndrome. The doctor writes that, after Trig's condition had been detected in utero, Palin underwent "follow-up perinatology evaluations to ensure there was no significant congenital heart disease or other condition of the baby that would preclude delivery at her home community hospital."

"In summary," the letter concludes, "Governor Palin is in excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of Vice President of the United States of America."

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None of the MEN released their records, why should SHE???
Jeez people

Posted by: blevins20061 | November 4, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing doesn't pass the smell test to me.

She was nominated several months ago and promised to release her medical records on numerous occasions, and then she releases a statement from her doctor on the eve of the election? I find that very odd.

Why even bother now?

Posted by: trisha4 | November 4, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

bretb:

Please provide a link to any campaign staff stating 65 days ago (the very day after she was announced as the VP pick) that her medical records would be released.

Posted by: JakeD | November 4, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Palin is going back to Alaska. Or hosting a reality TV show, if she's lucky.


ALASKA FIRST!


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | November 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It's great that Palin is in excellent health. She should have no problem dealing with the Alaskan winters, because that is where she is going to be for the forseeable future.

Posted by: aghastinsantafe | November 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"She" is actually Y-Chromosome challenged;

Right?

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 4, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Nothing about the 'chesticular enhancement' surgery?

That's just wrong.

Posted by: Samson151 | November 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Another Obama buddy: Beyond audacity
Monday, November 3, 2008

Barack Obama's audacity is a grave concern for anyone troubled by the Wall Street meltdown.

Sen. Obama continues to support Penny Pritzker -- the disgraced billionaire hotel heiress who helped sink a major bank that used subprime mortgage machinations -- as she helps fund his crusade.

Ms. Pritzker is the finance chairwoman overseeing Obama's fundraising and a "bundler" who has pledged to personally raise between $200,000 and $500,000 for him. She has contributed nearly $500,000 to Democrat candidates and political action committees since 2000, reports The Washington Times.

Pritzker, among Forbes magazine's 2008 richest Americans with a net worth of $2 billion, had run Superior Bank until she became a board member of the parent company. The Treasury Department closed Superior and its 18 branches in 2001.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation found the bank's failure "was directly attributable to the bank's board of directors and executives ignoring sound risk management principles." And that it "paid dividends and other financial benefits without regard to the deteriorating financial and operating condition of Superior."

In July, Obama said he and Pritzker "share certain core values about how to run organizations, and hopefully that will inform how we manage the government."

Barack Obama must be taken at his word.

Posted by: thecannula | November 4, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the reference to “women’s health” care on the first page meant she had an abortion???

After all, McCain did point out that “women’s health” was used as an excuse for abortion.

Posted by: Kuni_Leml | November 4, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Soooo, Nothing about being born with a Tail?! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 4, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

AS ROY ORBISON SANG "IT'S OVER... IT'S O-O-O-O-OVER". I NO LONGER HAVE ANY DESIRE TO TAKE A CRUISE TO ALASKA BUT I HEAR THE ARYAN BROTHERHOOD IS RELOCATING ITS HQS NORTHWARD.

Posted by: ptsd6869 | November 4, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Funny pastor123. You should look at this link:

http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/articleid/9559

Posted by: ajackson3 | November 4, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Did the medical report indicate any cocaine use? Oh wait, that was the other candidate...

Posted by: PASpilman | November 4, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't think a candidate should have to release their medical records. Why do we sign documents every year that state our physician will not release our medical records to the public or no one else without our permission? What we need to know as citizens is if the candidate is in good health. A confirmation by their physician like the summaries Senator Obama and Governor Palin provided is good enough. We are getting ridiculous in wanting to know EVERY little thing about the candidates. I don't need to know what their diet is or what music they listen too. I need to know what they believe, who influences those beliefs and their proposed policies. I think we all know these answers about these candidates.

Posted by: ajackson3 | November 4, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee voted for Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/user/charleslawlesss

Report of some states that are already decided because of early voting.
http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | November 4, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Both Obama and Palin should be held more accountable on this issue. A letter from your doctor isn't the same as actual medical records.

Either of these people could end up being President.

The American public deserves full medical disclosure on both.

Posted by: HillMan | November 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I wish her a long, healthy life in Alaska.

Posted by: Neer | November 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

For a guy campaigning on family values, John McCain has broken up a lot of marriages.

When he met his first wife (a swimsuit model), she was married to naval academy classmate of his.

After he broke that marriage up, she stuck by him loyally as he went off to war and was a prisoner for 5 and a half years.

When he returned to America, though, he found out that she had been in a car wreck and wasn't as pretty.

So he had a series of affairs, by his own admission, and dumped his wife and adopted family for a younger, very rich blond Cindy Hensley

Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran.

In February, 2008, the New York Times ran a big article about the unusually close relationship between McCaint and a young telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman (who looks uncannily like Cindy McCain did when SHE was 25).

They became so close that his staff, convinced they were having an affair, confronted both McCaint and Iseman, telling them to back off.

Now, a lot of people have criticized the Times for hinting without actually saying that McCain had sexual relations with that woman.

But really, it doesn't matter. It's a matter of record that he accepted money and favors from her, spent a lot of time for her, and did favors for her clients. Among other things, McCaint wrote two letters -- from a draft provided by Vicki Iseman -- to the head of the Federal Communications Commission -- which was way out of line, since McCaint headed the Senate Commmerce Committee, which controls the FCC.

McCaint's pressure was so outrageous that, even though McCaitn was in charge of funding his commission, the FCC commissioner wrote a letter back rebuking him for his interference, at the height of McCaint's "ethics in government" campaign.

So, was McCaint sleeping with her, hoping to sleep with her, or being subconsciously manipulated by a cute young woman?

It doesn't really matter.

He was being led by his groin into ethical violations.

Let's face it, he was 64 at the time and is 72 now. Whether he is still cheating or not, he seems to be led by his little McCaint witness the videos of McCaint checking out peeeuuu's Palin's butt during the speech where he introduced her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUVQDmLf7s


McCaint...Where's that damn "fragrance consultant" I hired....

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 4, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

For a guy campaigning on family values, John McCain has broken up a lot of marriages.

When he met his first wife (a swimsuit model), she was married to naval academy classmate of his.

After he broke that marriage up, she stuck by him loyally as he went off to war and was a prisoner for 5 and a half years.

When he returned to America, though, he found out that she had been in a car wreck and wasn't as pretty.

So he had a series of affairs, by his own admission, and dumped his wife and adopted family for a younger, very rich blond Cindy Hensley

Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran.

In February, 2008, the New York Times ran a big article about the unusually close relationship between McCaint and a young telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman (who looks uncannily like Cindy McCain did when SHE was 25).

They became so close that his staff, convinced they were having an affair, confronted both McCaint and Iseman, telling them to back off.

Now, a lot of people have criticized the Times for hinting without actually saying that McCain had sexual relations with that woman.

But really, it doesn't matter. It's a matter of record that he accepted money and favors from her, spent a lot of time for her, and did favors for her clients. Among other things, McCaint wrote two letters -- from a draft provided by Vicki Iseman -- to the head of the Federal Communications Commission -- which was way out of line, since McCaint headed the Senate Commmerce Committee, which controls the FCC.

McCaint's pressure was so outrageous that, even though McCaitn was in charge of funding his commission, the FCC commissioner wrote a letter back rebuking him for his interference, at the height of McCaint's "ethics in government" campaign.

So, was McCaint sleeping with her, hoping to sleep with her, or being subconsciously manipulated by a cute young woman?

It doesn't really matter.

He was being led by his groin into ethical violations.

Let's face it, he was 64 at the time and is 72 now. Whether he is still cheating or not, he seems to be led by his little McCaint witness the videos of McCaint checking out peeeuuu's Palin's butt during the speech where he introduced her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUVQDmLf7s


McCaint...Where's that damn "fragrance consultant" I hired....

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 4, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

ARE YOU F@#KING KIDDING ME, YOU PINHEADS AT THE POST USE A HEADLINE "PALIN RELEASES MEDICAL RECORDS" AND SAY IT WAS A 2 PAGE SUMMARY FROM HER DOCTOR. LET ME GIVE YOU GUYS A HEAD LINE, "WASHINGTON POST IS VERY DESPERATE FOR HEADLINES!"

Posted by: chuckUfarley1 | November 4, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Contrary to the headline on page 1, when are they going to release her medical RECORDS!

Anybody here at the WaPO go to journalism school? hello.....hello....

Posted by: pablo1 | November 4, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

A letter from a doctor is not 'medical records.'

I put this letter on the same level as the results of the Personnel report from an ethics complaint that Palin issued against herself on the advice of an RNC lawyer. This complaint was issued to scuttle the real investigation that found she had abused her power.

bye bye Sarah Palin.

Posted by: mtw0310 | November 4, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

If that was all the medical records were going to show then why such a delay in releasing them? The McCain staff has been saying for over 65 days that they would be released. Did it take that long for them to be altered? It's quite obvious something is going on, but at this point it's irrelevant. Palin will be on a way way trip back to Alaska sometime tomorrow.

Posted by: bretb | November 4, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama is clearly covering the fact that, like Al Sharpton, he is a distant relative to Trent Lott.

Posted by: GeorgeSimian | November 4, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Sound body, now what about the mind?

Posted by: racam | November 4, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Do you also think that Obama's doctor is covering something up?

Posted by: JakeD | November 4, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I don't really care about Palin because I think she sucks, but clearly she's covering something up here. What? I don't know. Herpes? Probably something embarrassing like that. Who knows what disease she contracted on the beauty pageant circuit. Not sure why she waited til now to send this letter out. Probably because nobody cares anymore.

Posted by: GeorgeSimian | November 4, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Palins release of a two page medical report on the eve of election day is as much a joke as the release of McCains. Tried and true Republicans, hide what you can and confuse the issues of what you can't.

Of course Palin is somewhat of a joke anyway when thinking of her in the VP chair. Its no joke however when thinking of McCain in the Presidents chair, its frighting. God help us if the most aggresive Hawk in Congress and li'le Miss "you betche" gets into office.

Posted by: 1ken | November 4, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of the outcome today, McCain-Palin should not concede -- I will gladly contribute to contest the result -- keep ALL legal options open.

Posted by: JakeD | November 4, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

No one cares about her medical records. The bush, cheney administration destroyed the mccain campaign. With the help of hannity, and limbaugh selling a ill war, patriot act, war prifiteering, calling democratic party the democrat party.

Attention republicans democrats can't win if you stick to your core values. Your leadership is stupid for listening to think tanks backed by the military industrial complex.

Posted by: r4147824 | November 4, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

I guess I should have known that some Obama supporters would still be complaining about no actual records being released. Do you also think his doctor is covering up something?

Posted by: JakeD | November 4, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

They had plenty of time to Doctor the records, Get it! She should have released these when it was announced that Mccain picked this Beauty Queen as his running mate. Hopefully after today it will be Bye, Bye Sarah. Have fun in Alaska watching the Russians.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 4, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Too little... too late.

No one has to run for President/Vice President, but if they do, they should expect the American people to know if they are physically up to the job.

If you look at your history, you will find plenty of Presidents who had serious health problems -- Ronald Reagan with Alzheimers, John Kennedy with Addison's disease, Dwight Eisenhower had a stroke while in office, FDR had high blood pressure, emphysema, atherosclerosis, and end-state heart disease. It is clear that their health problems affected their ability to do the job -- which means it is relevant to the election.

It is a terrible precedent this year when all of the candidates have limited disclosure on their health despite obvious pass issues for Mccain and Biden. Perhaps the youth of Palin gives us less cause for concern, but even she may have some undisclosed issue that impairs her ability to do the job...

Posted by: JackS3 | November 4, 2008 4:12 AM | Report abuse

While I agree that it is important that the candidates for president and vice-president need to be fit for the office (I'm thinking of Reagan's alzheimers), I'm uncomfortable with prying into people's personal lives. And this is even though I suspect the truth is that Palin is covering up something in her past that she doesn't want the anti-abortion wackos to know about -- and I'd love to see her hypocrisy exposed a bit more, just to eliminate the danger that she would actually attempt to remain on the political stage.

A better solution would be to require candidates to fulfill an independent or at least bipartisan medical exam board -- the details ought to remain confidential. But the review board can indicate its the results.

At any rate, both Palin and McCain have given plenty of reasons not to vote for them in their public records. Not need to get personal.

Especially not with her kids. Leave the kids out of it.

Posted by: itchy2008 | November 4, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

My Friends, as he says, I believe that all Presidential Candidates should also have a psychiatric summary of their state of mental health before an election. This is much more important than a candidate's state of physical health.
Such a test for Presidential Candidates would have probably have eliminated Nixon and Reagan for second terms, and George W. Bush from running at all.

Posted by: panicalep | November 4, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Palin claims to be prolife, so why did she put Trig's life at risk THRICE?
1) having an amniocentesis could have induced an abortion;
2) even though she knew her unborn child had health problems and that she had age-associate risks, she took a long plane flight to Texas just days before giving birth; and
3) after the flight to Texas, her amniotic fluid apparently started leaking, but even so, she still took another long flight without seeing an MD (see the 09/08/08 report at www.DallasNews.com - which is a paper that backs McCain)!

Such reckless acts suggest she did not care if her unborn child died (also see http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/still-no-palin.html).

Posted by: Qohelet | November 4, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

I can see why she waited till the last minute with releasing this information. Unlike most candidates, where the worry is that the official might not be able to remain in office, in Palin's case voters are more concerned that she WILL stick around if McCain is voted in.

This woman doesn't even know who the Prime Minister of Canada is, and Canada was supposed to be her one claim to "international experience":

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/11/02/palin_takes_prank_call_from_fake_french_president/

When Audette refers to Canadian singer Steph Carse as Canada's prime minister, Palin replies: "Well, he's doing fine and yeah, when you come into a position underestimated it gives you an opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder." Canada's prime minister is Stephen Harper.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 4, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

*****************
Complete health records would include HEAD CHECK records.

Where are those?

*************************

Posted by: ElMugroso | November 4, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

What about McCain medical records? Really who can vote for him considering Palin is his VP choice without knowing his medical records?

Posted by: tansuturdag | November 4, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Nothing we didn't already know.

Posted by: natskedat | November 4, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

so what who cares just go back to alaska with first dude.

Posted by: r4147824 | November 3, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness -- same "summary report" as Obama released, so they can't complain about that -- at least it was "sooner rather than later".

Posted by: JakeD | November 3, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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