By now you’ve probably seen the alarming footage of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton nearly fainting as she struggled to get into a van on Sunday (not to mention to mysterious metal object that fell out of her pant leg). The very next night, Bill Clinton told Charlie Rose that Hillary has a history of becoming severely dehydrated:
“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of state, as a senator, and in the years since,” Bill Clinton told Charlie Rose, in a clip of an interview aired on CBS Monday evening.
Anderson Cooper then asked Hillary about Bill’s remarks. She responded that she’s collapsed twice… that she can recall:
Cooper asked about Bill Clinton’s remark in an interview with Charlie Rose that she has occasionally become dehydrated and gone through episodes like Sunday’s, and how many times that has happened before.“I think really only twice that I can recall,” Clinton said.
As pointed out by Ace of Spades, fainting and/or collapsing spells are generally something you can recall… unless it’s something that happens to you so frequently you’ve lost count of the number of times it’s happened.
There’s also this: Politico is reporting that getting Clinton to drink enough water “has become a source of tension with her staff”:
The near-fainting spell, according to Clinton’s staff, is a greater political problem than a physical one — and the centerpiece of its Monday pushback strategy was a vow to release a far more detailed medical history of the 68-year-old candidate that proves she suffers from no previously undisclosed conditions.Clinton’s pneumonia isn’t severe, according to two people with direct knowledge of the candidate’s condition, and she is expected to return to the campaign trail as early as this week. The real issue is chronic dehydration, exacerbated by her lung problem and Clinton’s reluctance to drink water, which has become a source of tension with her staff.
“She won’t drink water, and you try telling Hillary Clinton she has to drink water,” said a person in her orbit – who described a frenzied rehydration mission that included multiple bottles of water and Gatorade.
However, also pointed out by Ace, back in 2008 Clinton told Katie Couric that she drinks “tons” of water:
I take–I take vitamins. I–I drink tea, not coffee anymore. I have really stopped drinking diet drinks. Because I found that they gave you a jolt, but they weren’t good over the long run. I used to drink a lot of them. I drink tons of water. Just as much water as I can possibly drink.
Is it possible that her drinking habits have changed in eight years? Sure. Is it possible that Clinton’s not being entirely forthcoming about her health? Absolutely.