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Karl Rove's remarks about Hillary's health rile Republicans as well as Democrats

Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush,
Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush,
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First Republican strategist Karl Rove accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of “faking her illness” regarding a brain injury suffered in a fall two years ago in order to “get out testifying on the attack at the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya." Now he is trying to convince the public that she is in no physical condition to be President, should she run for the office in 2016.

“Before they accused her of pretending to have a concussion, now they say she is auditioning for a part on “The Walking Dead,” quipped Bill Clinton, who was quick to defend his wife.

“If she has brain damage, I must be in really bad shape because she is still quicker than I am (mentally),” he stated at the 2014 Fiscal Summit hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington DC. The former president, also said Hillary has fully recovered from her fall, which left her with a clot behind her right ear that was successfully treated by doctors in New York Presbyterian Hospital during a three day stay. Mrs Clinton had suffered the concussion after fainting at her DC home while weakened from a stomach virus and dehydration contracted during her grueling schedule as (then) Secretary of State. However, Bill Clinton has had several operations to treat heart disease.

Rove, who was the mastermind behind George W. Bush’s two successful Presidential elections (and who had predicted a Romney victory over Obama in 2012) was criticized for his remarks regarding Hillary Clinton’s health, and sought to backtrack a bit by telling Fox News that he “ didn’t say she had brain damage. However, this was a serious deal. We don’t know what the doctors said about what does she have to be concerned about. I mean, she’s hidden a lot of this.”

In the meantime, the Clinton camp is fully aware that Hillary’s health will remain under scrutiny if she does run for the presidency. In addition, should the (now) 66-year old former first lady, senator and secretary of state win in 2016, she will become the second oldest president next to Ronald Reagan.