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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    hillary clinton  |  barack obama  |  bill clinton  |  us  |  us elections 2016

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.