Presidential candidates’ medical pasts are a reasonable ask
Given the grueling pace of the presidential campaign trail, it’s a wonder candidates don’t fall ill more often.
But Democrat Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia and dehydration remind us that she and GOP nominee Donald Trump ought to be more forthcoming about their health.
She is 68. He is 70. Leading the free world is a demanding job.
Trump earned criticism for releasing a hastily written memo from his doctor earlier this year that hardly seems sufficient. While the doctor claimed Trump would be the healthiest president ever elected, he also admitted being rushed by the candidate.
Clinton’s longtime physician provided a more detailed letter during the Democratic primary that helped clear questions about whether a concussion she sustained after a fall in 2012 remained a worry.
Others have noted that when John McCain ran for the office in 2008, he responded to questions about his age by making detailed medical records available to experts and journalists.
We wish Clinton a speedy recovery, and ask both candidates to take seriously concerns about their health histories.