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Showing McCain's Cancer Scars in Ad on Health: Ugly Tactic?

Showing McCain's Cancer Scars in Ad on Health: Ugly Tactic?

A 30-second spot airing on MSNBC and funded by two liberal PACs are choosing John McCain's historic bouts with skin cancer as the face of worries about the candidate's health. The ad shows his scars following skin cancer procedures with the text, "John McCain is 72 years old and had cancer 4 times. Why won't McCain release his medical records?"

One of the PACs behind the spot is helmed by DNC Chairman Howard Dean's brother, a connection the RNC calls "despicable." The spot highlights the groups' efforts to gain more access to McCain's medical records. So far 2,500 doctors have signed a petition put forth by one of the PACs calling for the documents to be released. A total of 1,173 pages of medical records were made available to reporters in May.

The records showed that the last bout with melanoma was six years ago, and described him as having a strong heart and good health. He receives a thorough cancer check every few months. Barack Obama's health records have not been similarly made available. With the black-and-white closeups of the aftermath of McCain's procedures and doctors intoning, "Another bout of cancer for John McCain while he's president of the United States would profoundly affect his ability to lead," combined with the tie to the DNC — is this ad fair? Where are Obama's records? Is it just an age thing or the ugliest of politics?

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Agreed
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
"Obama doesn't have breasts and ovaries so that won't affect him. That's the point I was trying to make." I said this in my prior comment, and I will repeat it here: men do have breast tissue, and they DO get breast cancer! And yes, it is often from the same genetic mutations that lead to breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women. In any case, his mother's death from either of these cancers doesn't mean it was genetic. I think we can all agree he doesn't have ovaries though.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
1) "Obama's mom died from ovarian and breast cancer (i think), but those cancers don't affect the sons." "Not sure where you got that info? Men can have breast cancer, and they can get the genes that cause breast cancer from their mothers or their fathers." Obama doesn't have breasts and ovaries so that won't affect him. That's the point I was trying to make. But yes because of his mother's medical history his daughters will have an higher chance of getting the cancers.
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 7 years
In my opinion, focusing on McCain's past health issues, which is something he can't control or change, is as hateful as if someone made an ad about Obama's race being a factor (which is something he can't control or change). Both are wrong and shouldn't be tolerated.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
The method is abhorrent, and I don't like ads like this from anyone, because while I think a candidate's health SHOULD be discussed, I do NOT think it should be the prime reason anyone is or is not elected to office. And Palin is not stupid, which makes some of her personal beliefs and statements even more mind-boggling. Not stupid, but she is ignorant.
ceej ceej 7 years
Of course not, I have no intention of doing that. I am still just interested in what type of cancer McCain had, that's all.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Ceej, I'm sorry about your friend. Skin cancer's mortality rates are the same as most cancers and diseases. The earlier it's caught, the better off you are. I don't want to turn my personal struggle into a debate with you though. I am not going to die of skin cancer.
ceej ceej 7 years
I'm sorry that you have experienced skin cancer, many of my friends have but I was lucky and had a mother who made us cover up. My point however is that drs have now discovered that this type of cancer re occurs unexpectedly and moves swiftly. I have a friend who died a couple of years ago whose cancer came back after 17 years. That's why I was asking about McCains type of skin cancer.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Ceej, I've had it. I've talked to my doctors. That's why when I said trust me, I meant it.
ceej ceej 7 years
Sorry but it is, ask an oncologist. We have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and have seen this many times. The tumour thickness at initial diagnosis has a huge bearing on mortality, even after 10 years of being cancer free.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Ceej, that isn't true at all. Trust me, I know first hand.
ceej ceej 7 years
Did he have a melanoma or was it a lesser form of skin cancer? just asking as melanoma will re occur and when it does it kills very quickly.( I'm Australian we are very up on skin cancer info) I don't mean this as a slight on him but stress does increase cancer risk and what could be more stressful than a campaign such as this?
janneth janneth 7 years
Typical. Everybody with their pants in a bunch about this ad, which distracts from the important issue of the elderly McCain not releasing all of his medical records.
lorenashley lorenashley 7 years
that ad is a bit much but i was expecting worse. props to him for beating cancer four times!
laurelm laurelm 7 years
I have not read the comments, but the ad is horrible. Also skin cancer melanomas are very common unfortunately, I have friends in their 20s who have had it. If anything use it to bring awareness. We get it, McCain is old and has had cancer, being barraged with images like this is just scare tactics and dirty politics.
gemini7827 gemini7827 7 years
NBC is the only network that has approved it to air.. The ad is just wrong. Yes health records should be easily accessible and open... ...Obama has not released his and he should! So, the media should be asking for his records as well
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I can't believe that this post has been going around and around in a circle. The attacks people.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
"It's a legitimate concern but a very ugly tactic." Agreed. People have the right to be concerned about a candidate's health (especially if his running mate is Sarah Palin) but this ad is gross and unnecessary. Don't we all already know that McCain has had skin cancer? Did we really need the footage?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Couple of comments... 1) "Obama's mom died from ovarian and breast cancer (i think), but those cancers don't affect the sons." Not sure where you got that info? Men can have breast cancer, and they can get the genes that cause breast cancer from their mothers or their fathers. 2) Of course we could all drop dead at any time. But the probability and likelihood of someone belonging to certain groups can generally be calculated. Does that mean that person will die when the stats say they will? Of course not. But it's also just plain wrong to say that all people of all ages are equally likely to die tomorrow. That said, I think that no matter how old you are, if you're running for president, the possibility of death should be considered. Presidents are shot at. I became a much stronger Obama supporter when McCain picked Palin. I would have become a stronger McCain supporter if he had picked someone with a lot of experience to back him up.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Bravo MSNBC. Although I don't support censorship ( which this kind of is) I was going to really start questioning the integrity of NBC if this happened.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 7 years
Update: MSNBC is refusing to air the ad. http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09/msnbc_refusing_to_run_ad_by_in.php
piper23 piper23 7 years
I'm not sure. It was easy to fall into. Just like your comment, "I wouldn't be so quick to attack Obama on his smoking because McCain smoked too and has a predisposition to Cancer...... Just saying.", indicates. But you're right, it is in poor taste. This duscussion and the ad.
piper23 piper23 7 years
I'm not sure. It was easy to fall into. Just like your comment, "I wouldn't be so quick to attack Obama on his smoking because McCain smoked too and has a predisposition to Cancer...... Just saying.", indicates. But you're right, it is in poor taste. This duscussion and the ad.
geebers geebers 7 years
I don't agree with revealing medical records for Presidents. This ad was just wrong.And while I understand it can be an important issue- I really think McCain has so many other things going against him -we don't need that to win.
geebers geebers 7 years
I don't agree with revealing medical records for Presidents. This ad was just wrong. And while I understand it can be an important issue- I really think McCain has so many other things going against him -we don't need that to win.
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