Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says her senior staff knew of her ailment and “could have been faster” at getting the news out, but says “I thought that there wasn’t really any reason to make a big fuss about it.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
“I didn’t want to stop” says Clinton
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STORY: Hillary Clinton got back on the campaign trail on Thursday (September 15) after taking three days off for pneumonia, and the Democratic presidential candidate faced a more challenging political landscape, with Republican rival Donald Trump rising in opinion polls.
Clinton explained her campaign’s handling of her ailment during a news conference, Thursday. “My senior staff knew…” she said.
“My campaign has said that they could have been faster and I agree with that. I certainly expect them to be as focused and quick as possible. But I have to say from my perspective I thought I was going to be fine, and I thought that there wasn’t really any reason to make a big fuss about it,” said Clinton.
“This was an ailment that many people just power through and that’s what I thought I would do as well. I didn’t want to stop, I didn’t want to quit campaigning, I certainly didn’t want to miss the 9/11 memorial,” said Clinton
Senior Clinton aides said they always expected the race to the Nov. 8 election to be close. But it was clear from a raft of new polls that Trump had halted a summer swoon after taking steps to deliver a less freewheeling, more polished performance on the stump.
Clinton, 68, appeared in good health on a visit to the press section of her campaign plane while flying to Greensboro, North Carolina, for a rally where she sought to refocus her campaign on the plight of the working class.
On Sunday, Clinton nearly collapsed at a ceremony marking the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York.
Her illness coincided with a mini-surge by Trump, who has drawn even or taken a slight lead in national polls. Polls in battleground states where the race is likely to be decided showed Trump now leading in Iowa, Ohio, Florida and Nevada, and tied in North Carolina.