Though Bill Clinton said it is rare, the former president admitted Monday that Hillary Clinton has experienced similar medical episodes "on more than one occasion" over the years.
"Rarely, but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated," Bill Clinton told CBS' Charlie Rose of the Democratic presidential nominee. "And she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as Secretary of State, as a senator, and in the year since."
The former president's comments to Rose come amid some confusion about what sparked his wife's collapse when she left a 9/11 memorial service in New York City early Sunday.
When the collapse first occurred, it was reported by Hillary Clinton's campaign that the presidential candidate was simply overheated and needed to get indoors. Shortly thereafter, staffers said Hillary Clinton was dehydrated.
Several hours later, the campaign revealed that Hillary Clinton received a pneumonia diagnosis on Friday, but said the Democrat had hoped to power through the illness.
In a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night, Hillary Clinton seemed to walk back some of what her husband said about the dehydration spells, telling the host she thinks it has only happened twice. She also told Cooper she did not actually pass out, as has been reported.
"I felt dizzy, and I did lose my balance for a minute," Hillary Clinton said. "But once I got in [the vehicle], once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better."
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