California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein blasted Karl Rove for questioning whether Hillary Clinton has brain damage after a 2012 concussion, calling the effort “pathetic” and an unfair political tactic.
Feinstein spoke Sunday with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the Republican strategist’s remarks, made during a closed-door meeting and first broadcast last week.
“First of all, the Karl Rove effort was pathetic,” she told Crowley.
“But legitimate?” Crowley asked. “The idea of the health of the candidate?”
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“No,” the senator asserted forcefully. “No, no. Not legitimate.”
“Well, the gist of it,” Crowley pressed, “that she has to be –”
“That she has sustained brain damage?” Feinstein asked incredulously. “That’s legitimate?”
“Right, the quote ‘brain damage’ he denies,” Crowley continued. “Nonetheless, no, what I’m asking you: Is it legitimate to say that Hillary Clinton will have to be forthcoming about her health?”
“In my view, she’s at the prime of her political life,” Feinstein declared. “She’s got the energy, she’s articulate, she’s got the background, she’s got the smarts. She’s got all of the elements of a good leader.”
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