Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane Sanders, wave after a campaign rally Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
On Sunday, Bernie Sanders made an about-face.
Despite his expressed commitment last fall, the 2020 candidate — who’s leading in New Hampshire (here) — announced that he won’t be releasing all of his medical records.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd played a tape from September, in which Bernie waxed on releasing all his info:
“I think it’s the right thing to do. The American people have the right know whether the person they’re going to be voting for for president is healthy, and we will certainly release our medical records before the primaries. It will certainly be before the first votes are cast.”
Shortly afterward, something happened: In October, the congressman had a coronary.
Nevertheless, he told The Associated Press, “I want to make [the release] comprehensive. The answer is I will, probably by the end of the year.”
The AP offered more:
Campaign manager Faiz Shakir later said more definitively that Sanders does plan to release the records by the end of December. He expects the statement from Sanders’ physician to show Sanders has made a ‘full recovery’ from the heart attack.
So where the heck are those records?
“The first votes have already been cast, you did not release your medical records. You released a few letters. Nobody interviewed your doctors. You did have a heart attack, apparently. Shouldn’t voters see your medical records before Super Tuesday?”
Bernie appears to be leanin’ toward “Nah”:
“We have released as much documentation, I think, as any other candidate.”
Chuck: “But no other candidate has had a heart attack.”
[Pssst. Bernie. Avoid the question.]
“Well, look, I am — yeah, no other candidate’s doing four or five events a day, running all over this country –“
But Chuck wouldn’t stop:
“I hear you. No, you have proven, I mean, no doubt, you’ve proven your mettle here. But voters — you heard voters have been concerned about your age.”
Sanders pulled the ol’ “but where does it stop” gag:
“I mean, you can start releasing medical records and it never ends. We have released a substantive part — all of our background. We have doctors who have — cardiologists who are confirming that I am in good health. I am in good health.”
For now, all we’ve got are some letters, as per HuffPost:
He released three brief letters from his doctors ― one primary care physician and two cardiologists ― in December that declared he was in “good health currently,” but he has not released his full medical records.
So why the turnaround?
Well, here’s one possibility: With senior citizen Joe Biden effectively steamrolled by his own party’s Impeachment Mania, the contest has morphed significantly. Pete Buttigieg triumphed in Iowa, whereas Bern’s 6-7 points ahead in New Hampshire (here).
How does a 78-year-old compete with a baby-faced 38-year-old whippersnapper?
If it’s a contest of who should play Doc in Back to the Future: the TV Series, Sanders is solid.
But when we’re talking about who’s less likely to hit the floor head-first in the Oval Office, Bernie may not have the advantage. And a detailed list of health issues might not help.
At the end of the day, of course, this is politics. And ya gotta do whatever it takes to win.
So will we ever see all of his medical information?
Either way, he might be destined for another trip to the doctor’s. If the democratic socialist makes it to that September 29th debate stage, Donald Flamethrower Trump is likely to send him to the Bern Unit.
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