Clinton’s pneumonia makes both candidates’ health a key issue

Hillary Clinton's latest health scare calls into question whether she is fit to be president

Screen capture of YouTube video following Hillary Clinton and her entourage as she collapses in an apparent fainting spell while attempting to enter her specially equipped van. (Original source apparently attributed to

WASHINGTON, September 13, 2016 –Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia is bringing the question of health into the presidential election.

The Clinton campaign announced on Sunday that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia. The announcement comes after months of anti-Clinton supporters have called into question Clinton’s health.

Clinton was attending a September 11th ceremony where she suddenly felt overheated and was quickly transported to her daughter’s apartment. Bystanders captured Clinton appearing unsteady on her feet as she was being helped into a waiting vehicle. Clinton’s doctor diagnosed her with pneumonia over the weekend. Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s physician, said Clinton was put on antibiotics and has been “advised to rest and modify her schedule.”

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

Despite her recent health scare, Clinton managed to attend a fundraiser in New York. Clinton was previously diagnosed with a concussion in 2012, after fainting and hitting her head.

This latest episode has increased calls by Trump and Clinton supporters to release their medical records. Donald Trump has been quiet when it comes to questions about his own health. Trump has been critical of Clinton’s health, saying she is not fit to serve as president. Trump has used Clinton’s health scares to question whether she is suffering from early dementia.

Clinton will turn 69 next month, and if she’s elected will be the second-oldest president to take office. And if Trump wins, he would become the oldest president ever elected, at the age of 70. Other president’s also faced health issues as president. FDR was paralyzed because of polio, John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison’s disease and Ronald Reagan’s health was strongly scrutinized.

The clamor for the release of health records is likely to escalate following Clinton’s near collapse, and could plan an important role in the November vote.

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