Sen. Bernie Sanders Refuses To Release Medical Records After Heart Attack
With just eight Democratic candidates left in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has backtracked on releasing his medical records.
Sanders had dodged the issue after he promised to release them before he became the Democratic frontrunner.
Today, @BernieSanders walked back his promise to release his medical records “before the first votes are cast”: “You can start releasing medical records, it never ends.”
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 9, 2020
Sanders, a 78-year-old who suffered a heart attack while campaigning last year, refused to release many of his records, though he has provided a number of physicians’ letters of reassurance.
“Where are those medical records you promised to show us,” NBC anchor Chuck Todd asked last weekend on a segment of Meet the Press.
During the interview, Sanders claimed that “[the] cardiologists are confirming that I am in good health.”
Though Sanders’ muttered a polite remark in response, he implied that he will join President Donald Trump in telling the media to stick it.
The media has continuously hounded Trump for medical, financial and other records.
Sanders won New Hampshire by a slight margin of 1.3 percentage points to South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and he is now off to Nevada and South Carolina to continue campaigning.
Other candidates – Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former vice president Joe Biden – are also all in their seventies. None of them have had a heart attack or any other health-related ailment while campaigning.
Just FYI: Other Dem candidates who are his age have released their medical records going back decades. What’s the problem with Sanders doing the same? I don’t understand the mystery here. https://t.co/V5GxWqGcSY
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) February 9, 2020