Howell wants Hatch to release medical records

Sep 20 2012 - 12:10pm

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FILE - This April 21, 2012, file photo, shows Senate candidate Scott Howell speaks during the Democratic state convention, at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy."(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)
FILE - This April 21, 2012, file photo, shows Senate candidate Scott Howell speaks during the Democratic state convention, at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy."(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)
FILE - This March 15, 2012 file photo, shows U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch attending the Republican caucus at Washington Elementary School, in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy." (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick, File)
FILE - This April 21, 2012, file photo, shows Senate candidate Scott Howell speaks during the Democratic state convention, at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy."(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)
FILE - This April 21, 2012, file photo, shows Senate candidate Scott Howell speaks during the Democratic state convention, at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy."(AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth, File)
FILE - This March 15, 2012 file photo, shows U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch attending the Republican caucus at Washington Elementary School, in Salt Lake City. Sen. Orrin Hatch's opponent says the 78-year-old Utah Republican is just too old to serve. In an email to supporters, Democrat Scott Howell warned that if re-elected, Hatch may "retire or die before his term is through." Howell, who is 58, added that Hatch isn't a bad guy, "but he is an old guy." (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick, File)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, who this week called on potential supporters to vote for him, warning the 78-year-old incumbent may die in office, is now challenging Hatch to release medical records.

Democrat Scott Howell sent an email to voters over the weekend, warning that Hatch is "an old guy" and if re-elected, he may "retire or die" before the end of his term.

Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen called the comments about Hatch's potential demise "outrageous and offensive," adding they come from a candidate with no shot at winning in November. Utah hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970.

Howell is now taking it a step further, suggesting both he and Hatch release five years of medical records to show voters they'll both be alive come November.

 

 

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