Former President Bill Clinton has praised the strength and health of his wife, Hillary Clinton, dismissing Karl Rove’s public doubts about her well-being.
“As far as I can tell, she’s in better shape than I am,” Bill Clinton, a Democrat, said of his wife.
Hillary Clinton, 66, said to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid, fell ill in 2012.
Last week, Republican Karl Rove questioned Hillary Clinton’s capacity for the White House and reportedly said she had brain damage.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Karl Rove, the strategist behind George W. Bush’s election to the White House, had told an audience in Los Angeles last week: “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”
In fact, Hillary Clinton was in hospital for three days after falling ill with a stomach bug in December 2012. After becoming severely dehydrated, Hillary Clinton fell at home and struck her head, suffering a concussion. While she was in hospital doctors diagnosed a blood clot.
Karl Rove has disputed the New York Post report.
“I didn’t say she had brain damage. I said she had a serious health episode,” he said on Fox News.
Democrats and some analysts have said Karl Rove is trying to inject concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health into the public debate as the start of the 2016 presidential race nears.
“There are ways to bring these issues up, and certainly anybody who’s running for president has to answer some health questions, and more so, for someone who’s going to be 69 at the time that she would take the oath of office,” liberal Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky said on MSNBC.
“However, this ain’t the way to bring it up – a poisonous, toxic way to introduce this.”
Bill Clinton said at the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit in Washington on Wednesday that Hillary Clinton’s concussion was serious and that it took her six months to recover.
“Look, she works out every week, she is strong, she’s doing great,” Bill Clinton said.
“She certainly seems to have more stamina now.”
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