With only a few hours left before the top seven Democratic candidates line up for the final debate of 2019, new concerns regarding the health of one of the frontrunners are emerging.
Age has always been a concern when it comes time for America to head to the ballot box, as have the health problems that coincide with growing old. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was forced to address these concerns back in 2016, thanks in no small part to her constant coughing fits and a strange fainting incident that took place in New York City. This event was later blamed on pneumonia – an explanation that didn’t seem to take hold with too many political observers.
In the 2020 face, health is again at the forefront as Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has returned to the campaign trail after suffering a mild heart attack, and frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the pack even at 77 years old.
Now, a physician who was formerly tasked with keeping on any on Barack Obama’s health is raising alarms about Biden as well.
Dr David Scheiner, 81, said he is worried about Biden’s risk of a stroke after the letter disclosed he is taking cholesterol medication and has an irregular heartbeat, having previously suffered aneurysms.
Dr Scheiner, who treated Obama for 22 years before he became president, added that he would like to see the results of an MRI or CT scan, which were not included.
Scheiner said he would also like to review the results of a sleep study, given Biden had operations on his nasal passages to treat sleep apnea.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, he said: ‘He’s not a healthy guy. He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn’t say he’s in outstanding health.
‘Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there.’
Biden has famously and repeatedly stated that he would challenge President Donald Trump to a push-up contest if the Commander in Chief were to remark on his health during any potential debates between the two on the 2020 campaign trail.
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