McCain to Give Glimpse of Medical Files Tomorrow

Campaign will allow reporters to look under tight restrictions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 8:20 PM CDT
McCain to Give Glimpse of Medical Files Tomorrow
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, greets World War II veterans Regino Nacua, foreground left, and Nestor Palma, foreground right, in Stockton, Calif., Thursday.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

John McCain will give the media a glimpse of his medical records tomorrow, but restrictions will be tight, the Los Angeles Times reports. The campaign will allow a small group of reporters to review 400 pages of documents in 3 hours. They can take notes but can't remove the files or make photocopies. The 71-year-old senator had melanoma surgery in 2000 but says he's now in excellent health.

The files will cover only the last eight years and so won't include Navy psychiatric records related to his time as a prisoner of war. The campaign has delayed the release of the files for more than a year but maintains they will "set a new standard for transparency." Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton has released medical records. (More McCain 2008 stories.)

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