With Democrats on the precipice of raising the age issue against John McCain, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont acknowledged what many insiders have been suspecting for some time, my colleague Ken Vogel reports.
Leahy told Vogel yesterday the media has given McCain a free pass on flubs including mixing up Middle East geography, Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and referring to Russia's relationship Czechoslovakia — a country that hasn't existed for 15 years.
"It was the same way with Ronald Reagan in the last few years he was president," Leahy said, referring to the belief that Reagan experienced early signs of Alzheimer's disease late in his presidency.
The press "let Ronald Regan get away with. I'm just saying he gets a free ride," Leahy said, all coinciding with new suggestions that McCain might be exhibiting early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
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