WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks after being presented the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Clinton received the award for her work in the areas of women's rights and internet freedom. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Yes, Hillary Clinton’s Health Is a Relevant Campaign Issue

Some of the same reporters who, in 2008, questioned John McCain’s fitness for office based on his health and age have suddenly decided that those questions are not relevant in 2016 as to Hillary Clinton. They are, according to some reporters, relevant as to Trump because of his doctor’s odd letter. But nope, Hillary Clinton’s health is off limits.

I too have noted the oddity of some conservatives focusing on Hillary Clinton’s cough, but a woman who has been on the national stage for thirty years who lacks the sense to not cough repeatedly into a microphone is opening herself up to speculation on her coughing. The coughing, however, is nothing compared to her head.

It is significant that a major party Presidential candidate, interviewed by the FBI, blamed a sketchy memory on a concussion. That concussion, stemming from a fall during a bout of flu, seems to be a relevant issue if she is going to blame memory loss on it. After all, the American left tells us that in the NFL concussions have a cumulative effect. Do they not in Presidential races?

Likewise, Clinton is not far removed from the age John McCain was in 2008. In 2008, reporters and liberal activists raised questions about McCain’s age and even his mental state after being a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. For these same liberal activists and reporters to declare Clinton’s age and health non-issues now is a bit rich. Likewise, we should remember both the national press corps and the Mondale campaign insisted age was a relevant issue with Ronald Reagan.

Issues that are always fair game to raise against Republicans have an amazing ability to be taken off the table by the press when raised against Democrats. Notwithstanding the same, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intend to be President of the United States. Their health and their income taxes are both relevant and should both be reviewed by the public before voting for either one.

Clinton should release her full medical records and Trump should release his along with his tax returns. Hillary Clinton has already done the latter and Trump, on that front, needs to catch up and stop hiding behind the silly and inapplicable “audit” excuse.

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