Former US President Bill Clinton has dismissed mounting health rumors about his wife and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying she is “doing fine” despite being diagnosed with pneumonia.
The 68-year-old former First Lady was forced to abruptly leave a 9/11 memorial in New York on Sunday due to a medical episode, stirring speculations about her well-being.
The candidate’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, released a statement via the campaign and said had pneumonia.
Her campaign, however, blamed the incident on her simply feeling “overheated.”
The conflicting reports brought a storm of attacks on the campaign from Republicans and Democrats alike, who demanded more clarity on Clinton’s health status.
In an interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose that aired on Monday, Bill Clinton tried to put all the rumors to rest by stating that what happened to his wife was nothing but dehydration due to excessive campaign activity.
“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of things 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,” the former president told Rose.
“She was even better last night before she went to sleep. She had a good night's sleep. She just got dehydrated yesterday,” he continued.
He said neither him nor his doctors knew of any other major health issue that the former secretary of state was dealing with.
"Well, if it is (more serious) then it's a mystery to me and all of her doctors," Bill Clinton said.
Rumors about Hillary Clinton’s well-being have been haunting her ever since she suffered a blood clot in her brain in 2012.
Clinton herself tried to shed the rumors on Monday, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that such episodes have happened “really only twice that I can recall.”
“You know, it is something that has occurred a few times over the course of my life, and I'm aware of it, and usually can avoid it,” she added.
A video of the Sunday incident showed a seemingly fainting Clinton stumbling on the sidewalk while her security detail almost dragged her into a van and drove her to her daughter's house.