Hillary Clinton said she was "feeling great: after a health scare at a 9/11 memorial service but her campaign will be reeling from the effects of the "overheating" episode, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reported Sunday.
The incident "will catapult questions about her health from the ranks of conservative conspiracy theory to perhaps the central debate in the presidential race over the coming days," he wrote.
"Whether Clinton likes it or not, her 'overheating' episode comes at a very bad time for her campaign."
Fox News quoted a source saying Clinton stumbled off the curb, her "knees buckled" and she lost a shoe as she was helped into a van during her "unexpected early departure."
"Secretary Clinton attended the Sept. 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen," spokesman Nick Merrill told The Post. "During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter's apartment and is feeling much better."
Republicans, especially avid Donald Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani, have consistently raised questions about Clinton’s health and have frequently called for a comprehensive health report.
Clinton has denounced those comments as "conspiracy theories."
Mrs. Clinton recently had a pair of coughing episodes during an Ohio rally and on her plane during a news conference with campaign reporters.
"Coughing, I wrote, is simply not evidence enough of any sort of major illness that Clinton is assumed to be hiding," Cillizza wrote after Sunday's incident. "Neither, of course, is feeling 'overheated.' But those two things happening within six days of each other to a candidate who is 68 years old makes talk of Clinton's health no longer just the stuff of conspiracy theorists.
"Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the 'overheating' episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem, but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around."
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