Hillary Clinton experienced another coughing fit, this time on Saturday while campaigning for president in Ohio.
The key Ohio Primary takes place tomorrow during what is being billed as Super Tuesday 2 (or 3), depending on who’s counting.
Non-stop campaigning and lots of time spent traveling by plane (even on a private jet) can undermine the health of any candidate to be sure, regardless of age.
The former U.S. Secretary of State and New York senator had a prior coughing fit, however, on March 6 during the nationally televised debate on CNN against Senator Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan.
Clinton is trying to fend off a challenge from rival Sanders, who is a spry 74, for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Vermont senator is an independent, self-described socialist who is seeking the presidency as a Democrat.
Hillary Clinton was consumed by coughing for about three minutes during a speech in Harlem, New York, in mid February.
She suffered through a similar coughing episode on January 25 during a speech in the run-up to the Iowa Caucus.
“Clinton had a similar moment during her lengthy Benghazi Select Committee testimony in October, briefly halting the proceeding when she began coughing almost uncontrollably and needed a cough drop,” the Washington Free Beacon recalled following the Iowa episode.
In the most recent Ohio episode, Clinton, 68, acknowledged that she “could use some water,” understandably explaining that she had been “talking for days.”
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, standing next to her at the podium, kindly provided the Democratic presidential front-runner with a glass of H2O. See clip embedded below.
In July, the Clinton campaign released medical records pronouncing the candidate sufficiently healthy to serve as president, and that also indicated that she is taking medicine for an underactive thyroid as well as another prescription for blood clots following a concussion suffered in December 2012.
Matt Drudge, the proprietor of the high-leverage and Trump-friendly Drudge Report, previously claimed that the media is covering up the fact that Hillary Clinton is suffering from “flaring” hypthyroidism/Hashimoto’s disease, although coughing is not included in the list of symptoms.
Although there has been no corroboration, author and Clinton foe Ed Klein claims that Hillary Clinton “has been ‘frequently plagued’ by ‘blinding headaches’ and a series of strokes over the course of the campaign, which have left her second-guessing her chances of winning in 2016,” the New York Post reported in September, 2015. Klein’s book, Unlikeable — The Problem with Hillary, also claims that Hillary Clinton suffers from insomnia, exhaustion, and depression.
A doctor told Inside Edition last month that Hillary Clinton may have acid reflux in the throat, otherwise known as throat burn reflux.
“Acid reflux is a symptom of ulcers, which is debilitating but hardly a disqualifier for the presidency. Still, there is an extraordinary lack of curiosity in the mainstream press over these constant coughing fits. In fact, while some mainstream media outlets dutifully report the interruptions, there is zero speculation about what is causing them, and no interest in investigating what might be a health issue that the campaign is keeping from the voters,” the American Thinker argued. “If she’s elected, Clinton would be 69 years old when she takes the oath next January. While a person’s health at that age depends on diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, even the fittest septuagenarian can be afflicted with a serious disease.”
Separately, but related to health in a way, the Sanders campaign is firing back against Hillary Clinton’s claim during last night’s Democratic Town Hall that Bernie was AWOL in the 1990s when she was fighting for healthcare reform, CNN reported.
“The problem: Sanders attended an event with her to push health care reform in 1993 and introduced his own single-payer health care plan in March of that year. And Clinton wrote him a hand-written thank you note for his work on the issue in 1993.”
Do you think that voters should be concerned about the status of Hillary Clinton’s health and her fitness to serve as commander in chief or is it all just baseless speculation?
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