Aide rebuts Hillary Clinton's brain damage claim

2014-05-13 20:37
Hillary Clinton leaving the hospital in 2012. (Picture: Reuters)

Hillary Clinton leaving the hospital in 2012. (Picture: Reuters)

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Washington - Hillary Clinton's health is "100%", an aide asserted on Tuesday after Republican strategist Karl Rove made the bombshell suggestion that the former secretary of state had suffered a serious brain injury in 2012.

Rove made the remarks at a conference last Thursday that he attended with President Barack Obama's former spokesperson Robert Gibbs, according to the New York Post's Page Six.

"Thirty days in the hospital?" Rove reportedly said.

"And when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury?" he added. "We need to know what's up with that."

Clinton, 66 and the presumptive Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race, was admitted to hospital in New York for three days to treat a concussion and blood clot she suffered in the fall, and which prevented her from testifying at the time about the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Rove's comments could be seen as a bid to inject the question of Clinton's health - and whether she is physically and mentally prepared for another gruelling presidential run - into the conversation about 2016.

Clinton's team quickly rejected Rove's comments.

"Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying," Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill said.

As to her health, "she is 100%. Period."

Several Republicans had assailed Clinton for possibly exaggerating the seriousness of her condition in order to avoid testifying before Congress about the deadly 11 September 2012 attack.

In January 2013, she testified for seven hours about the crisis.

Rove, according to the Post, said Republicans should continue to push on the Benghazi issue as Clinton mulls a presidential run.

Meanwhile, Clinton is keeping up a breakneck pace of speeches and appearances across the country, and she is preparing a book tour to push her new autobiography which comes out next month.

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