Hillary Clinton dished up some information to People magazine about possible 2016 rival Rep. Paul Ryan’s past sports injuries.
Asked about the fall she sustained in 2012 in which she said she suffered a concussion, Clinton said Ryan revealed similar injuries of his own when the two spoke at the presidential inauguration.
“At the inauguration for President [Barack] Obama’s second term, I was standing [with] Paul Ryan,” Clinton recalled. “I said, ‘Congressman, I read that you’re a great athlete. Have you ever had a concussion?’ ‘Oh, yeah. Three at least.’ I said, ‘Were they serious?’ He said, ‘One was really serious. I’m so grateful to my mother, because she said, ‘You’re grounded. You’re going to rest until it goes away.’ And of course it did.’”
Clinton is heavily favored to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. It is less certain whether Ryan will seek the Republican nomination, though he’s been frequently mentioned as a potential candidate.
Republican strategist Karl Rove made news last month when he suggested that Clinton may have sustained a brain injury, before clarifying that her health would be an issue in the 2016 campaign “whether she likes it or not.”
“I did have a concussion and some effects in the aftermath of it, mostly dizziness, double vision,” Clinton told People. “Those all dissipated. Blood thinners are my continuing treatment for the blood clot.”
Clinton said that greater awareness about concussions is important.
“We haven’t, until recently, taken this seriously for athletes, soldiers, accident victims,” Clinton said. “People have basically been told to shake it off. I could’ve shaken it off. But at what cost? I rested and went back to work after the first of the year. I’m really conscious of how other people don’t get that care.”
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