Republican strategist Nicole Wallace, who as communications director worked closely with Karl Rove in the Bush White House, said today that Rove was intentionally planting seeds to make Hillary’s health as an issue in the 2016 campaign by bringing up the blood clot she suffered in December 2012.
Karl did not raise the issue by accident. I worked with and for Karl for a long time. This was a deliberate strategy on his part to raise her health as an issue and, I think in his view, a legitimate line of questioning ahead of the next campaign. What’s interesting to me, and doesn’t seem to be in line with Karl, is that he had some of the facts wrong. She wasn’t in the hospital for 30 days.
Listen, this sounded pretty off the wall to me, but I worked for John McCain. His health was a question and issue every day of the campaign.
According to the New York Post, Rove told a conference:
Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.
Rove today asserted, “I didn’t say she had brain damage” but added that her health “will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not.”
Clinton will be 69 years old on Inauguration Day 2016.