Clinton addresses health scare and critics

Clinton addresses health scare & critics

SAN ANTONIO -- Hillary Clinton's health scare at a Sept. 11 memorial event is raising concerns about her pneumonia diagnosis and questions on how the campaign handled the incident.

A video taken on Sunday shows Clinton leaning against a security post before her knees buckled. She appears to nearly collapse before going into a van. Her campaign initially said overheating was to blame but later said she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Monday night during a phone interview on CNN, Clinton answered questions as to why she did not disclose her illness earlier to the public.

"I just didn't think it was going to be that big a deal. It's just the kind of thing if it happens to you and you're an active person you keep moving forward," Clinton said.

UTSA political science professor, Dr. Walter Wilson, said concealing her illness is inflicting more damage in the long run. Polls already indicate that most Americans do not trust her.

"She should have been forthcoming about that. The Clinton's have a long history of trying to keep things private," Wilson said.  

Wilson said her lack of transparency may have given her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, an advantage.

"I think it will assist his campaign temporarily. It's going to prevent her from focusing on issues she wants to focus on or focusing media attention that might be negative on the Trump campaign," Wilson said.

Clinton also said during the interview on CNN, that there's a double standard with the scrutiny over her health issues.

"Compare everything you know about me with my opponent. I think it's time he met the same disclosure I have for years," Clinton said.

Clinton's campaign has apologized for not disclosing her medical issue early on.

(© 2016 KENS)


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