Clintons Go on Offensive As Hillary Eyes White House Run

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:46 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Hillary and Bill Clinton have signaled their intentions to fight back against the Republicans as she prepares for a possible White House run in 2016, The Washington Post reported.

Hillary and Bill Clinton mocked Republican strategist Karl Rove’s unfounded claim that she may have suffered "traumatic brain damage" when she fell in her home in 2012 and suffered a concussion.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman poured scorn on the controversial comments by calling Rove a "doctor" while also declaring that she’s "100 percent period," while noting that the GOP is "scared of what she has to offer."

Rove also suggested that Hillary Clinton’s age and health will become an issue during a campaign.

However, while addressing the economic policy forum at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Bill insisted that his wife is in better shape than he is. "It’s just the beginning, and they’ll get better at it," he said.

Referring to the hit TV show about zombies, he also said, "First, they said she faked her concussion, and now they say she’s auditioning for a part on 'The Walking Dead.' If she does [have brain damage], then I must be in really tough shape because she’s still quicker than I am."

His comments come just days after the Republicans appear to have stepped up their attacks on his wife, who is the presumed Democratic front-runner for the presidency in 2016.

House Republicans formed a select committee last week to investigate the terror attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens in September 2012 when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Also, she has come under fire from conservative commentators and Republicans for refusing to classify Boko Haram as terrorists while she was at the State Department. The group recently kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria and plans to sell them as slaves.

But her husband showed that he’s not going to take the attacks lying down. When he was asked about Benghazi during the economic forum, he said, "Hillary did what she should have done."

But the former president refused to "to get into a political fight" about Benghazi, saying, "I’m not doing that."

And Hillary Clinton showed that she’s also not going to put up with the barrage of GOP criticism on her tenure as secretary.

At a pro-Israel American Jewish Committee in Washington on Wednesday, she defended the "hard choices" she had made at the State Department while also pointing out that she had helped to curtail Iran’s nuclear development and put down the foundations for peace in the Middle East.

Talking about her successor John Kerry, she said, "When I left as secretary and passed the baton on to Secretary Kerry, we were positioned to really explore whether we had set the table well enough to see changes that were sufficient to meet our legitimate objections to Iran’s behavior and its future plans."

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