Lindsey Graham: Don't Worry About Hillary's Health

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:07 PM

By Jason Devaney

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If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, Sen. Lindsey Graham said her health will not be an issue, despite the blood clot she suffered in 2012.

"There's no reason for me to suspect that Secretary Clinton has a health problem that would disqualify her. She seems to be very engaged and very capable," the South Carolina Republican said in a Politico story. "I think that people at 69 are incredibly able to serve, 'cause I'll be there in 10 years."

The blood clot forced Clinton to delay her congressional testimony on the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Clinton fell and hit her head in early December 2012, suffering a concussion. The fall was blamed on a stomach virus that had left her weak and dehydrated. Doctors said the blood clot, which occurred behind her right ear in a vein between her brain and skull, was related to the concussion.

Clinton did not have any neurological damage related to the incident, doctors said. In 1998, she had a blood clot behind her right knee.

Last week, Karl Rove, senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007, suggested Clinton suffered a brain injury in 2012.

"Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that," Rove said.

Rove backpedaled from his comments on Tuesday, saying, "I didn't say she had brain damage. I never used that phrase. But look, she had a serious health episode."

Graham said he doesn't think Clinton's health will be an issue should she decide to make a run at the White House.

"I'm not a doctor. As far as I can tell based on the way she engages, she's very alert and very feisty and keeps a busy schedule, so I have no reason to believe that there's anything in her background that will disqualify her," Graham said, according to Politico.

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