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Hillary Rodham Clinton's camp rips Karl Rove's health comment

WASHINGTON — An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state's health could be an issue if she runs for president in 2016.

Rove told Fox News, for which he is a commentator, that Clinton had a "serious health episode" that would be a legitimate issue for her in a potential presidential campaign "whether she likes it or not."

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Rove suggested at a private conference near Los Angeles last week that Clinton suffered brain damage. Rove disputed that he was referring to any brain damage.

"I didn't say she had brain damage. I said she had a serious health episode," he said on Fox News.

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill called Rove's comments "flagrant and thinly veiled. They are scared of what she has achieved and what she has to offer."

The tussle between the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush and Clinton's team came as the 66-year-old former first lady considers running for president again. Clinton is the leading Democratic contender for president but has not said whether she will seek the White House.

As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, Clinton fell ill with a stomach bug in December 2012 after returning from a trip to Europe. The illness left her severely dehydrated. While at home, she fainted and fell and suffered a concussion.

During a follow up examination on Dec. 30, doctors discovered a blood clot in a vein that runs between the skull and the brain behind her right ear, She was treated with blood thinners and released after a brief hospitalization.

Merrill said Clinton is "100 percent" and accused Rove of being part of an effort by Republicans to politicize her health.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's camp rips Karl Rove's health comment 05/13/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:46pm]

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