Rove, the former chief political strategist for President George W. Bush, suggested that Clinton may have sustained brain damage in a fall she suffered in December 2012. Clinton's aides say this claim is false. It appears to be an attempt to damage the former secretary of state as she considers whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. In effect, it seemed to be an effort to throw a grenade into her nascent campaign by raising doubts about her.
Clinton added: "Look, she works out every week. She is strong. She's doing great. As far as I can tell, she's in better shape than I am. She certainly seems to have more stamina now."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., told the Washington Post, "It's a terrible thing for Karl to do. It's petty. It's personal. It's negative. It eats up time and space with things that make no difference....We are never going to beat her with this kind of stuff."
At the time of her fall, Hillary Clinton's doctors said she was severely dehydrated because of an intestinal infection and fainted, suffering a concussion and a blood clot.
Rove's comments showed that her health and stamina are likely to be issues if she gets into the race, and that Rove and other Republican operatives are intent on inserting them prominently into the contest.