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Karl Rove questions Hillary Clinton's age and health

Hillary Clinton has not decided whether she will run for President in 2016, but that has not kept the negative campaign against her from beginning already. Today former Bush Administration campaign strategist Karl Rove took to the airwaves on Fox News to question whether Clinton was too old to run for president. Rove also questioned Clinton's overall health, referencing a "traumatic brain injury" that Clinton suffered when she served as the Secretary of State in the Obama administration. A video of Rove's remarks can be seen above.

Karl Rove questioned whether Hillary Clinton was too old to be president.
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Rove began the interview on Fox News by backtracking a bit and saying he never said the Clinton had "brain damage." However, Rove then went on to directly question whether Clinton was too old for the presidency:

"And my point was that everybody says she's going to run and she probably is, but I would bet it's a more complicated calculation than we might think because, look, she'll be 69 by the time of the 2016 election. She will be 77 if she serves two terms and this ends up being an issue. I would remind you, here's the headline from US News & World Report: 'McCain's Age And Past Health Problems Could Be An Issue In The Presidential Race.' This happens every presidential race."

A spokesperson for Clinton responded sarcastically, "Please assure Dr. Rove she's 100 percent."

Rove is correct when he states that the health and age of presidential candidates has been an issue in past elections. The McCain campaign refused to release full medical records during much of the 2008 campaign. However, Rove neglects to mention another candidate's whose age and health came into question. President Reagan was 69 years old when he took office, and was 77 when he finished his last term. These are the exact ages Rove refers to when he questions Clinton, but there is no evidence of Rove expressing the same concern over Reagan. Rove himself is 63 years old, and Mitt Romney, who Rove prominently supported, would have been 66 years old when he assumed office.

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