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Ben Carson: Both 'Elderly' Candidates Should Release Full Health Reports

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:03 AM

Questions are swirling about Hillary Clinton's health, but Dr. Ben Carson, who has become one of Donald Trump's key surrogates after dropping his own bid for the White House, said Wednesday that both candidates are "elderly" and should disclose their full medical histories.

"I think that somebody who is running for president of the United States, particularly if they're elderly, and that would include both major candidates, should disclose their medical history," the retired neurosurgeon told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. 

"And I'm not talking about from a year ago or two years ago, I'm talking about currently."

It's common sense for Clinton, who is 68-years-old, and Trump, who is 70, to make full medical disclosures, because "as people get older, things begin to happen to them," said Carson, who is 64-years-old.

Earlier this week, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, while raising concerns about Clinton's health, called on listeners to look up the former secretary of state's health issues online, but Carson said Wednesday that is no way to determine her health.

"Physicians and scientists generally will not make a diagnosis based on something that they see from a long distance," said Carson. "They want to have the facts."

Carson told the program that his diagnosis would be that "anybody who is elderly should expose their records, and we the people, should know what they are. It's a very stressful job. It's not an eight hour a day job. It's 24/7 and we need to make sure it's taken care of."

Trump should "absolutely, without question" be held to the same standard, said Carson.

Neither candidate has issued a full health report, with both releasing partial statements in 2015, reports The New York Times.

Trump provided a four-paragraph statement from his gastroenterologist in December, which lauded his "astonishingly excellent" health, but did not include details about his heart or respiratory rates, his cholesterol level, medications, or his family's medical history, reports Times.

Clinton's two-page statement, issued by her doctor in July 2015, included details on a 2012 concussion she suffered, leaving her with a blood clot in her head and double vision.

Carson also weighed in on Trump's recent push toward the African-American community, telling the program that the GOP nominee is trying to get a message across that for decades, "we've had a political class and power that purports to be the saviors of community."

But Trump's recent statements are not a matter of trying to win the vote, but are a matter of strengthening the country.

"There's no way you're going to strengthen the country with a lot of the policies that have been going on for decades now," said Carson. "He fully recognizes he's probably not going to get the majority of African-American votes the first time around.

"But if you enact these policies that empower people and allow them to utilize their God-given abilities to climb the ladder of success, I think a lot of people are going to seriously consider if they're going to blindly follow one party or go with the thing that works for them and their children."

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Questions are swirling about Hillary Clinton's health, but Dr. Ben Carson, who has become one of Donald Trump's key surrogates after dropping his own bid for the White House, said Wednesday that both candidates are "elderly" and should disclose their full medical histories...
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