White House, Clinton aide push back against Rove citing of ex-secretary of state's health

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Clinton was hospitalized in December 2012 following the discovery of a blood clot near her brain, and Rove told Fox News on Tuesday that Clinton's health could be an issue in a presidential campaign. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state's health could be an issue if she runs for president in 2016.

Clinton was hospitalized in December 2012 following the discovery of a blood clot near her brain, and Rove told Fox News on Tuesday that Clinton's health could be an issue in a presidential campaign.

The New York Post reported that Rove suggested at a private conference near Los Angeles last week that Clinton suffered brain damage in a fall in December 2012.

Rove disputed that he referred to any brain damage, however.

A Clinton spokesman says the former first lady is "100 percent."

White House press secretary Jay Carney mocked the former George W. Bush adviser as "Dr. Rove."

In December of 2012, Clinton fell ill with a stomach bug after returning from a trip to Europe. The illness forced her to cancel a planned visit to North Africa and the Middle East and left her severely dehydrated. While at home, she fainted and fell and suffered a concussion.

During a follow up examination on Dec. 30, doctors discovered a blood clot in a vein that runs between the skull and the brain behind her right ear and she was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment with blood thinners. She was released after a brief hospitalization.

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