Sunday, October 19, 2008

Coming Soon... Health and the 2008 Election

The Huffpo has it that...

The New York Times will break new ground on the health of the presidential candidates and their running mates in a major expose set to be published in Monday's print edition.

Lawrence Altman -- the veteran Times reporter, George Polk Award winner, and one of the few medical doctors working as a full-time journalist -- has spent weeks working with the campaigns and medical professionals on the piece, sources say.

Much of the speculation centers on new questions about the status of John McCain's cancer raised by the story. The Washington Post reported last week that a growing number of doctors believe that McCain's melanoma is "more advanced than his physicians concluded and that the chance of recurrence is consequently higher.

I am curious to see how this effects the next 24-48 hours of the news cycle. When you are leading in the polls you need to keep the mic as much as you can. As someone pointed out in our Powell thread-- The endorsement helps us keep the news cycle through Sunday night and into Monday maybe even Tues. This medical story should also be good for some punditry and bobble head speculating.

*Update. Story is now out in the online edition, here.