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Bloomberg on Hillary Clinton: A 'spectacular candidate'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Charles Dharapak

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to the defense of Hillary Clinton Sunday, describing her as a "spectacular candidate" for the 2016 presidential race in the face of controversial comments made about her health by Republican strategist Karl Rove.

Bloomberg, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" in a pretaped segment to talk about the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, defended Clinton against remarks made by Rove last week, suggesting she might have suffered a traumatic brain injury after being treated for a blood clot in her head caused by a concussion in 2012.

"It was about as inappropriate a thing you could say," Bloomberg said.

He added: "You can't ask somebody to do more than she has done for her country. I thought his remarks just were outrageous."

Rove stood by his remarks Sunday, saying on a "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" segment that he did not regret saying Clinton's health should be called into question because of her 2012 hospitalization.

Rove said that anyone who had a such a brain injury should "take it into consideration, if you're thinking about going and doing what she might do."

While Bloomberg noted his close ties with Clinton, having worked with her when she was the state's senator and having worked with President Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative, he also floated the names of possible Republicans who he thought would make viable candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, said the party welcomed the possibility of a Clinton run.

"I think Hillary's a known product," Priebus said. "Hillary has decades of history for us to explore."

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