Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Nothing has been written about the health of either candidate for the presidency of the United States. Should we be concerned?

We don't think so, at least not from what's been published. Both the presidential candidates, and their running mates, appear to be in good shape, according to a recent article.

"You look at Paul Ryan and he's a fitness fanatic," Margo Carper, a Washington, D.C., personal trainer, told POLITICO reporter Patrick Gavin. "There's absolutely no belly there. Mitt Romney is about as trim and in shape as a 65-year-old gets. Obama is running up and down the court with the likes of LeBron and Kobe. And have you seen Biden chase around kids on the White House lawn with a water gun? When's the last time you saw a guy almost 70 with that much spring in his step?"

President Barack Obama, 51, works out with a personal trainer and hits the gym most days, and is well-known for his up-tempo basketball games. He also follows a healthy diet. Last October his doctor said Obama, who stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 181 pounds, was "in excellent health."

"Obama's lungs were clear, his heart rate normal and his colon cancer test negative," according to the report. His overall cholesterol was 193, and his "bad" cholesterol was 110. Obama was a longtime smoker, but the report indicated he "had conquered the nicotine habit."

Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 65, works out daily on a stationary bike or an elliptical machine or, when a foot problem cooperates, running three miles on a treadmill or on a street or even around the hotel where he's staying.

"And Romney family vacations aren't simply lounge-by-the-poolside affairs," Gavin reported. "They host their own 'Romney Olympics,' in which family members compete in such activities as a triathlon and a football throwing contest."

Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, 42, is a well-known devotee of the difficult exercise regimen P90X and is very careful about what he eats. He reportedly committed himself to staying in condition at the age of 16, when he came home to find his 55-year-old father dead of a heart attack.

Vice President Joe Biden, 69, is fit for a man who had two brain aneurysms repaired in 1988. He reportedly has had no lasting effects.

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Sheldon Adelson donated $10 million to the main political action committee supporting Mitt Romney. How much has George Soros donated to President Obama?

Soros, who has been described by the New York Times as the "billionaire financier of liberal causes," pledged in May to give $1 million to both America Votes, "a group that coordinates political activity for left-leaning environmental, abortion rights and civil rights groups, and American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that focuses on election-oriented research."

He gave $23.7 million to Democratic groups in 2004, $3.5 million in 2006 and $5 million in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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