WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Republican operative Karl Rove is walking back his comments about Hillary Clinton.
The New York Post reported Monday that Rove said the former secretary of state may have brain damage. In an interview with The Washington Post Tuesday, Rove backtracked, stating that is farther from the truth.
“Of course she doesn’t have brain damage,” Rove told The Washington Post.
He did say, though, that Clinton did suffer a “serious health episode” and that “she is going to have to be forthcoming” about it if she decides to run for president in 2016.
“My point was is that Hillary Clinton wants to run for president but she would not be human if this did not enter in as a consideration,” Rove told Fox News. “This will be an issue in the 2016 race, whether she likes it or not.”
Rove added that she has hidden her health issues from the public.
“If you go through a serious health episode, it causes you to look at life differently,” Rove told Fox News.
Speaking during a conference near Los Angeles last Thursday, Rove reportedly suggested Clinton may have brain damage while he was talking about her hospitalization in 2012 when she fell in her home and suffered a concussion. Doctors later found a blood clot between her brain and skull behind her right ear.
“Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that,” Rove said, according to the New York Post.
Clinton was only in the hospital for three days.
A Clinton spokesperson says the former first lady is healthy.
“Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying,” the spokesperson told the New York Post. “She is 100 percent. Period.”