Karl Rove undoubtedly wanted to make a fuss over Hillary Clinton's health when he questioned whether she is fit to be president, says Ron Christie, a former member of Vice President Dick Cheney's staff.
"He clearly intentionally meant to say what he said about her health and putting her health records out," Christie, now a columnist for the Daily Beast, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Of course, this will give Team Hillary, if she does in fact decide to run, the opportunity to say she will release her record, she's healthy, she's fine, shouldn't be an issue, so perhaps Karl maybe shouldn't have said this as early as he did," Christie said Tuesday.
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The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, suggested that Clinton had brain damage after her hospitalization in December 2012 for a blood clot.
Rove told Fox News he "never used that phrase," but said Clinton had had a "serious health episode."
Rick Ungar — a Democrat and co-host of the SiriusXM radio show "Steele & Ungar," who appeared on a Newsmax panel with Christie — said there is nothing wrong with bringing up Clinton's health.
"What was causing the stir was the report that he had said that she was brain-damaged and she had spent 30 days in the hospital, she spent three, and that she left the hospital wearing sunglasses because that's a sign of a brain injury," Ungar said.
"If he didn't really say it, then no harm, no foul. I kind of think he did.''
On the subject of Benghazi, Ungar said Americans want to know the facts behind the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three Americans, who were killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012.
"Americans do want to know the truth . . . [but] I don't know if we ever will know the truth," he said.
"But not because of a White House cover-up, because it was clearly a CIA operation going on there, and like so many things the CIA does, we are not intended to know what happens. And this is no different — as frustrating as that may be."
"Americans want to have the former secretary of state come before that [House select] committee and answer some very pointed questions: What was she doing that night? What was her communication with the president? Why when the ambassador had repeatedly asked for additional security were those requests denied?'' he said.
"There's certainly enough truth that we still haven't heard, yet that can come out whether or not we ever find out what that true mission was for that consulate."
On the subject of NFL draftee Michael Sam's controversial gay kiss, aired on ESPN, Ungar said there's a "good argument" to be made that some parents might be concerned about their kids' viewing it.
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