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Independent Group Raises McCain Health Issue

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix:

In an attempt to intensify voter doubts about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's readiness for office in advance of Thursday's vice presidential debate, the California Nurses Association has launched an ad raising questions about John McCain's health.

The ad went up in six battleground states -- Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri -- this morning, and will run for two days with a low six-figure buy behind it, according to sources familiar with the spot.

That relatively meager amount of spending means that the ad is meant to be more provocative than persuasive, aimed at driving a discussion -- publicly and privately -- about McCain's health. And, the content is decidedly provocative.

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The ad is fair & reasonable. It is outrageous that McCain has gotten away so far with stonewalling us about his medical history. What is he trying to hide? If he had nothing scary to hide, he'd have come clean by now. Obviously, he does not want the American people to know the truth. Americans are entitled to know what the chances are of McCain dieing before his term is through, especially since the idea of Palin as POTUS is so terrifying to most of us.
By stonewalling, McCain is deliberately deceiving the American people. America first? Heck, no- McCain first!!
You cannot be hired as a police officer in NYC without first submitting to an evaluation, physical & psychiatric, to determine if you're fit for the job. Nothing less should be required for a job as important as POTUS. McCain's history of recurrent melanoma, with its known poor prognosis, should give any reasonable person cause to hesitate to vote for him. McCain's lifelong history of impulsivity, recklessness, inability to control his anger, and gigantic flip-flops on major issues surely establish that he is grossly mentally unfit to be POTUS.

Posted by: Doctor B | October 1, 2008 5:06 PM

Bravo Dr.B!
It is my understanding that McCain's last melanoma gave him a 10 year life extension. Well, he's used up 8 of them so far. Does that mean that Sarah would be Potus in 2?
There are so many reasons this ticket needs to fail, but this one can't be ignored any longer!

Posted by: Michigan RN | October 2, 2008 5:06 AM

Long ago my Mother died of melanoma within 6 months of her diagnosis. It manifested itself in a pea-sized lump on her upper arm which began to grow. A surgeon scooped it out. When she died the disease had spread to all her internal organs.

Can anyone give me a professional opinion of the LARGE lump in McCain's left cheek just below the area of the 4 surgeries?

Thank you.

Posted by: Melanoma's Orphan | October 2, 2008 5:27 PM

People are crying foul about this ad. What's worse? Saying that Obama is "pal-ing around with terrorists" or highlighting McCain's health problems?

Way to go! I will share your ad with everyone I know.

Posted by: RP | October 5, 2008 12:49 PM

I found the TV AD deplorable. Nurses cannot diagnose nor give a death sentence. However, NURSES are SOCIALISTS by nature and would favor someone who demands power and is narcissistic.

The words and sentences of the AD again demonstrate why NURSES lack self-esteem and must unionize to survive. The AD lacked the polish that NURSES always have lacked.

Posted by: Dot RN | October 5, 2008 8:25 PM

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