US 2016 ELECTIONS

Clinton, sidelined by pneumonia, eyes return to campaign trail

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hillary Clinton sought to draw a line under the health scare rocking her White House campaign, assuring supporters she will return to the fray this week.

Clinton was set to get a boost Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), when President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail in Philadelphia to support her bid to replace him. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, will campaign for her in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Facing intensifying scrutiny about her health, the Democrat will also make new disclosures of medical records and data, as her team acknowledged it stumbled when it failed to transparently alert the press and public about Clinton’s condition over the weekend.

“I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” Clinton told CNN when asked why she kept her pneumonia diagnosis on Friday under wraps until Sunday.


“It’s just the kind of thing that if it happens to you and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward,” she said.

Discussing the event itself, she explained: “I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute.”
Clinton vowed to return to the campaign trail within the “next couple of days.”

Clinton, 68, fell ill at a 9/11 memorial event in New York and was seen wobbling as she was helped into her vehicle, forcing her campaign to disclose she had been diagnosed with the acute respiratory infection.

The incident—captured on amateur video—gave her Republican rival Donald Trump, 70, a new opening to question her fitness for the nation’s highest office as the race heats up with eight weeks until Election Day.

“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC.

On CNN, Clinton initially said that she has “twice” gotten dehydrated and felt dizzy over the past five years, then said it had been “a few times.”

Her health woes forced Clinton to scrap her California fundraising trip Monday and Tuesday and a scheduled campaign event Wednesday in Nevada.

In his first public comments since Clinton abruptly left Sunday’s Ground Zero ceremony, an unusually restrained Trump offered her his wishes for a rapid recovery.

But he also suggested the former secretary of state’s health issues were of longer standing than admitted.

“Something is going on but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail, and we’ll be seeing her at the debate” in two weeks, the Republican told Fox News.

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