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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:52 PM
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On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain’s Bout With Melanoma
Source: NY Times

Along with his signature bright white hair, the most striking aspects of Senator John McCain’s physical appearance are his puffy left cheek and the scar that runs down the back of his neck.

The marks are cosmetic reminders of the melanoma surgery he underwent in August 2000. Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, sometimes tells audiences that he has “more scars than Frankenstein.”

The operation was performed mainly to determine whether the melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, had spread from his left temple to a key lymph node in his neck; a preliminary pathology test at the time showed that it had not.

But because such a test cannot be definitive, the surgeons, with Mr. McCain’s advance permission, removed the surrounding lymph nodes and part of the parotid gland, which produces saliva, in the same operation, which lasted five and a half hours.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/us/politics/09mccain....
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:38 PM
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1. Just you wait - it is a legit issue and will appear in GE. nt
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 07:55 AM
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17. No, it's not a legitimate issue
Neither is McCain's age, his voting record, his flirtation with the Kerry campaign in 2004, his temper, or anything else that might cast him in a bad light. The only legitimate issue for McCain is whether he should license a "Straight-Talkin' Johnny Maverick" cartoon series and doll. Oh, and his dreaminess. You can talk about that, too. Even if you don't quite see it.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:53 PM
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2. Is he Irish or Scot heretage? Either one is prone to Melanoma cancer.
Very pale skin, very susceptible to skin cancer. My grandfather was the same way, he was of Irish descent. It is a bad sign for the RW, if he has health problems. At his age, it is not going to go over well.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 07:53 AM
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3. His mental and physical health is of GREAT concern...n/t
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damndude Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 02:11 PM
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5. it should have been a relevent issue in the primary ........
as well for the republican electorate. it is as relevant if cheney had been the candidate.
mccain at 71, having been physically and mentally tortured and having suffered melanoma will only show an increase in health issues over the next 4-8 years rather than a decrease. his running mate will be of great concern to me.
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mac2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 10:36 PM
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6. Or people living in sun soaked Arizona.
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ldf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 01:27 PM
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4. this is all part of the plan
(dons tinfoil hat)

they don't expect him to last. they will have a hardcore pnac vp ready to step into the office.

i'm just sayin'..

shrug:
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FreeStateDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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7. On the trail, few mentions of McCain’s health
Source: MSNBC/NYT

Despite bout with melanoma, he hasn’t made records, physicians available

By Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
updated 2:47 a.m. ET, Sun., March. 9, 2008

Along with his signature bright white hair, the most striking aspects of Senator John McCain’s physical appearance are his puffy left cheek and the scar that runs down the back of his neck.

The marks are cosmetic reminders of the melanoma surgery he underwent in August 2000. Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, sometimes tells audiences that he has “more scars than Frankenstein.”

The operation was performed mainly to determine whether the melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, had spread from his left temple to a key lymph node in his neck; a preliminary pathology test at the time showed that it had not.

But because such a test cannot be definitive, the surgeons, with Mr. McCain’s advance permission, removed the surrounding lymph nodes and part of the parotid gland, which produces saliva, in the same operation, which lasted five and a half hours


Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23542188 /



I wasn't aware that he had this serious a case of skin cancer that required major surgery, coupled with his advanced age this should become a major campaign issue in his suitability to become president. I always thought that the body’s ability to ward off cancer at the cellular level diminished markedly for the aging elderly. He appears to be almost frail in some photos but it is difficult to get a reading, anyone seen him in person?
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stillrockin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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8. Dude doesn't look too good.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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9. It will become a concern later, as the GE gets closer
and his VP pick will become even more important.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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10. We MUST make the point
about succession and the Bush legacy not only continuing in McCain but coming back with his successors.
The succession must be an issue. Too bad we can't spin thimgs even more our way by rubbing into their faces that Pelosi comes that much closer to triangulating the office toward the Dems no matter what.

ALL the GOP candidates have been weeded out and permitted according to their usefulness in continuing the Bush power grip and the neocon ascendancy. A lot of harsh focus needs to be cast on the eventual ugly product.
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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11. Yes, it makes the VP pick critical. But the old fatcats LIKE the idea of McCain being old...
"seasoned," as they say, for the same reason they like movies about old men with young wives, acting as if that is oh-so-normal and to be expected. The old fatcats like their own situations glorified. These old fatcats will be in denial about McCain's age and health, as they are about their own.

For the rest of the country, though, they will look closely at the VP, and will ask questions about McCain's health occasionally.

It doesn't really matter, though, because the Repubs are party animals and will vote for their nominee because, well, because he's the nominee. Though they will expect the VP to be someone who can take over in a split second - Cheneyesque, in their view.

But partly because of his age and health, the Repubs will probably lose. He doesn't inspire the base to get out and vote for him. Many will stay home. Unless.......unless......unless they have some other reason to go to the polls. Like maybe to vote AGAINST someone they hate.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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13. Will FUCKABEE be a Heartbeat Away from the Presidency?
Edited on Sun Mar-09-08 09:10 PM by AndyTiedye


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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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12. McCain only chance of winning the White House is in hell.
So the quicker he gets there the better his chance.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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14. Let's be completely truthful here - John McCain is dying from old age.
No?
:shrug:
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better tomorrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 12:49 AM
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15. he took time off recently while campaigning
bet the stamina caught up with him. Also,did you see him wobbling when he posed with Bush at the White House that day? He couldn't stand still.

I think he isn't up to it.....

And, be aware of Jeb getting in as VP. No one is talking about that but you can bet he wants in for 2012. Would be the best way for him to make sure he can.....Remember, Barbara called him #45 and the nephew #47......
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Windex Donating Member (56 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 01:50 AM
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16. He also has war wounds
Because of injuries from his time as a POW, Mr. McCain cannot raise either arm above his head. I read something about that strange picture where he is hugging Bush. It turned out that way because Bush had tried to lift his arm.

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