Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates’ med­i­cal pasts are a rea­son­able ask

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION -

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.

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