Bill Clinton on Monday tried to downplay the dramatic video of a wobbly Hillary Clinton being helped into a van on Sunday, saying that the Democratic nominee has suffered from severe dehydration “on more than one occasion.”
“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of state, as a senator, and in the years since,” Clinton told Charlie Rose in an interview set to air on Monday night.
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Hillary Clinton and her campaign is on the defensive over her health and their transparency after Clinton quietly ducked out a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday and then appeared to swoon as aides helped her into a waiting van. While the campaign initially said Clinton was just “overheated,” they later revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia the prior Friday.
POLITICO reported on Monday that the former secretary of state’s real issue is chronic dehydration and that her reluctance to drink water has become a source of tension with her staff.
Bill Clinton in the interview dismissed the notion that anything more serious is going on.
“She’s doing fine. She was even better last night before she went to sleep,” Clinton said. “She just got dehydrated yesterday.”
The former president also said “she had two-and-a-half hard days before the day when she got dizzy,” and said she’s eager to get back on the campaign trail.
“I’ll be lucky to hold her back another day,” he said.