Sen. Bernie Sanders is in “very good health,” according to a letter from the attending physician in Congress released Thursday by the senator’s Democratic presidential campaign.

Brian P. Monahan, who said his office has served as the 74-year-old Sanders’s physician for 26 years, detailed a history of relatively minor medical procedures, including hernia repairs and the removal of a cyst from his vocal cord, and said Sanders has no history of cardiovascular disease.

“You are overall in very good health and active in your professional work, and recreational lifestyle without limitation,” Monahan wrote to the senator from Vermont dated Jan. 20.

If elected president, Sanders would be 75 on Inauguration Day, the oldest man to take the oath of office. Ronald Reagan, who currently holds that distinction, took office in 1981 a few days before his 70th birthday.

Hillary Clinton, Sanders’ chief Democratic rival, released a summary of her health records in July that concluded that the 68-year-old was “in excellent physical condition.”

Earlier this month, Sanders pledged to release his records before the Iowa caucuses, which take place Monday.

Monahan said he had last examined the senator in November, at which time Sanders was 6 feet tall and weighed 179 pounds. He noted that over the years Sanders has been treated for conditions such as gout, mild hypercholesterolemia, diverticulitis, hypothyroidism, laryngitis, lumbar strain and superficial skin tumors. Sanders does not use tobacco and drinks alcohol infrequently, the letter said.

Washington post


Clinton, Sanders turn focus on S.C.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are working hard to reach black voters in South Carolina.

There’s a good reason. Blacks will make up a solid majority of the electorate in the state’s Feb. 27 primary.

For now, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Clinton leading Sanders in South Carolina by a 37-point margin, based largely on a 74-17 advantage among black voters.

Both campaigns acknowledge the state’s outcome will help shape the fight for the Democratic nomination. Even if Sanders builds momentum with wins in the overwhelmingly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire, that lead could evaporate if he can’t attract more black voters in South Carolina and the bulk of Southern states voting in March.

Associated Press


Sanders targets wall street in ad

Bernie Sanders launched a tough new television ad critical of Goldman Sachs’ role in the financial meltdown and payment of speaking fees as he ramped up his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s ties to Wall Street.

The 30-second ad, circulated Thursday ahead of its scheduled Friday release, makes no mention of Clinton, who received more than $600,000 in speaking fees from the Wall Street firm. But it comes amid a push by Sanders to make policing the financial sector central to his presidential campaign.

Associated Press