Karl Rove clears up hype about Hillary’s ‘brain damage’

Republican master strategist and favorite Democrat boogeyman Karl Rove is getting some widespread attention Tuesday over his suggestion that Hillary Clinton’s health issues could play a key role in any plans she might have for the presidency in 2016.

collagehillarykarlroveWhile news accounts originally quoted Rove as saying the former secretary of state could have suffered brain damage during a series of health problems in December 2012 and January 2013, Rove said in an interview with Fox New that he was merely speaking broadly about the subject of Clinton’s health and had never used the words “brain damage.”

“My point was, is that Hillary Clinton wants to run for president, but she would not be human if this didn’t enter in as a consideration,” Rove told Fox’s Bill Hemmer.

“My other point is this will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not,” Rove continued. “Every presidential candidate is asked for all of their health records by the New York Times. They turn them over to a battery of doctors and they examine them in detail.

“Everybody says she will run and she probably is. But I would bet that it’s a more complicated calculation than we might think. She’ll be sixty-nine by the time the 2016 elections. She’ll be 77 if she serves two terms. This ends up being an issue.”

Rove neglected to mention – because he didn’t have to – that what the New York Times expects of candidates named Clinton isn’t exactly what The Times demands of others, particularly Republicans, who seek the nation’s highest office.

If there are health issues standing in the way of a campaign for a new Clinton regime, it won’t be The New York Times that raises them.

Check out Rove’s interview here.


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