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Karl Rove Publicly Questions Hillary Clinton’s Health

Karl Rove Hillary Clinton
Lynn Goldsmith—Corbis Former cheif of staff, Karl Rove, at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo. on June 27, 2013.

The Republican strategist denies saying that Clinton suffered brain damage after her December 2012 concussion, but says it was a "serious deal" that the Democratic favorite should address if she wants to run for president

Republican strategist Karl Rove publicly questioned Hillary Clinton’s health last week, raising concerns about the damage the mooted 2016 presidential candidate sustained during a fall in December 2012 that doctors say resulted in a blood clot.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Rove insinuated that Clinton suffered from more than a blood clot while onstage at a conference. The Post reported that Rove said, “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.”

A Clinton spokesperson told the Post that Rove’s concerns were misplaced: “Please assure Dr. Rove she’s 100 percent. Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying.”

Rove appearedon Fox News Tuesday morning to clarify that while he questioned Clinton’s health, he was misquoted. “I didn’t say she had brain damage,” Rove said. “My point was, is that Hillary Clinton wants to run for president, but she would not be human if this didn’t enter in as a consideration. And my other point is, this will be an issue in the 2016 race, whether she likes it or not.”

Rove continued, “Look, she had a serious health episode. And I don’t know about you, but if you go through a serious health episode, it causes you to look at life a little bit differently. This was a serious deal.”


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