Still No Medical Records From Palin

By Julia Hoppock

Nov 1, 2008 2:22pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow reports: With three days left until the election, the John McCain campaign still has not, despite frequent requests, released any information about vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s medical history, prompting some well-warranted skepticism.

Of course there are plenty of perfectly innocent explanations. The governor is perfectly healthy and the campaign feels no public pressure to release information? The doctor is on vacation and unreachable?  The dog ate their records?

There are also more sinister explanations.  But we won’t go there.

Last Sunday morning, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News that Palin’s staff planned to release information regarding her medical history "early in the week."

That was six days ago. ABC News has asked repeatedly about the status of the release of information and received no updates from the campaign.  It is unclear what is holding things up.

"We’ll let you know when we have something to say," spokeswoman Maria Comella said on Thursday.  Today she had no comment when asked again.

Aides suggested privately that there was nothing to hide in the records, but that it was simply taking a while to call doctors and round up the appropriate information to release.

It was ten days ago that Governor Palin said she would be "fine" with releasing her records.

She is the only one of the presidential or vice presidential candidates who has not released any health information about herself.

Palin did suggest that releasing her records could be fodder for political attacks of some kind.

"So be it, if that will allow some curiosity seekers, perhaps, to have one more thing that they can either check the box off that they can find something to criticize, perhaps, or find something to rest them assured over.  Fine.  I’m healthy, I’m happy, had five kids.  That is going to be in the medical records.  Never been seriously ill or hurt.  You will see that in the medical records if they’re released," Palin told NBC’s Brian Williams on October 22.

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