In this week’s edition of Capitol Report on News9 in Oklahoma City, policy analyst Patrick B. McGuigan focused on Hillary Clinton’s decision to release more of her health records. After a tough week, the Democratic nominee for president took steps toward greater transparency.
As for Republican nominee Donald Trump, he has long declined to release financial records, most significantly his tax returns. McGuigan, founder of CapitolBeatOK.com, an online news website, said Trump should disclose the data. He said both candidates – neither of whom he supports – would be better served if they provided information to the public information that has customarily been provided in the past.
Reporter Alex Cameron asked McGuigan about the death of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, whom McGuigan has known her since the late 1970s.
Stressing he disagreed with her endorsement of Trump, McGuigan said, “She always spoke with clarity and honesty. It was almost impossible to misunderstand her. Think of how rare those qualifies are in public life today.”
Recalling his respect for the late Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, who was also always honest and open about his policy views, McGuigan said such characteristics now matter more to him than political philosophy. Specifically on Schlafly, who died last week, he said she was “in love with politics, in love with the law, and in love with her country.”
Watch the Capitol Report for Sept. 17