Pete Buttigieg’s demand during the recent Democrat presidential debate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to release full medical records to the public has revealed that most presidential candidates and presidents only release partial records, which may allow them to hide parts of their medical history from the public.
Sanders, 78, released four pages of doctor’s notes after he had a heart attack on the campaign trail and received two stents. During the debate, Sanders insisted that he had released “quite as much as any other candidate has,” and he was correct in that assertion.
Previous presidents including George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and current President Donald Trump have released similar letters from their doctors about their health while seeking office or in office.
There is no set rule about how much information candidates need to release, but voters may see Sanders’ health as more tenuous because of the heart attack and his advanced age.
There is no shortage of older candidates on the Democrat side this year. Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg are both 77, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is 70.
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