Obama, Bill step in for pneumonia-hit Clinton

2016-09-13 18:58
US President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton (File, Carolyn Kaster, AP)

US President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton (File, Carolyn Kaster, AP)

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Washington - Former and current US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama join the campaign trail on Tuesday for Hillary Clinton, standing in for the Democratic White House hopeful while she recovers from pneumonia.

Clinton is set to return to the fray on Friday after several days of rest when she attends a Black Women's Agenda symposium in Washington, with less than eight weeks to go before the election, the campaign announced.

With Republican rival Donald Trump in striking distance in national polls and some battleground states, Clinton has suffered perhaps the worst week of her 15-month quest to become America's first female president.

On Friday, she sparked a firestorm when she called half of Trump's supporters as "deplorables" and then her campaign failed to be transparent when she fell ill at the weekend.

Clinton, 68, sought to draw a line under the health scare rocking her campaign.

"I just didn't think it was going to be that big a deal," Clinton told CNN on Monday when asked why she kept her Friday pneumonia diagnosis under wraps until Sunday, when she fell ill at a 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero in New York.

"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 has expressed a desire to swiftly re-join the race and said she will resume campaigning within the "next couple of days".

In the meantime, her husband Bill takes over for her in California, attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles while his wife rests at their home in Chappaqua, New York per her doctor's orders.

He also will campaign for her on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

She gets a further boost when Obama hits the campaign trail for her in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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