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Dems’ memo to Clinton: You’re not running for ‘private’ citizen

Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter's home in Manhattan

Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter's home in Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, after a medical episode. The Democratic candidate faced criticism from members of her own party after it was revealed that she was suffering from pneumonia. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski

Too much stealth on health?

Donald Trump passed up the chance to hammer Hillary Clinton for the tardy disclosure of her bout with pneumonia, but he lost nothing by laying back — Democrats were doing it for him.

David Axelrod, a top adviser for President Barack Obama’s campaigns and a Clinton supporter, tweeted, “Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?”

Axelrod has alluded in the past to Clinton’s ill-fated decision to use a private email server while secretary of state.

Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri responded with only partial pushback: “We could have done better yesterday, but it is a fact that public knows more about HRC than any nominee in history.”

Now Clinton’s campaign is promising to put out more medical records this week “to put to rest any lingering concerns,” reports Newsday’s Laura Figueroa. The credibility damage may be harder to cure than her illness.

She tweeted Monday: "LIke anyone who's ever been home sick from work, I'm just anxious to get back out there."


Bill Clinton told TV interviewer Charlie Rose that “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.”

Her resistance to drinking water is a thing, according to Politico. “She won’t drink water, and you try telling Hillary Clinton she has to drink water,” quoting a person “in her orbit” who was not named.

Transparency you can see through

Trump said he just underwent a physical exam and expects to release findings this week. But, he admitted, that’s because he doesn’t expect any details will make him look bad.

“I feel very confident. Otherwise I wouldn’t be telling you I did this,” he said on CNBC.

So what’s his reason again for refusing to release his income tax returns?

How much disclosure is enough?

In 2008, Republican candidate John McCain, invited reporters to review 1,173 pages of his medical records — which noted battles with melanomas and arthritis — and interview his doctors.

By doing so, McCain, 71 at the time, put health questions to rest. Neither Clinton, 68, nor Trump, 70, have come close to that level of candor, CNN reports. Even Bill Clinton in 1992, at age 46, allowed his doctors to do interviews with the national media.

The take-way: Debate games

A week ago, Donald Trump was fine with the moderators chosen for the debates — Lester Holt of NBC, Martha Raddatz of ABC, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Chris Wallace of Fox News.

Now, Trump suddenly says he wants no moderators. What he’s really doing, writes Newsday columnist Dan Janison, is trying to work the refs. See also Yancey Roy’s story for Newsday.

Deplorably mine

With a new TV ad and at a North Carolina rally, Trump sought to capitalize on Clinton’s remark that half his supporters are “a basket of deplorables” for assorted prejudices.

“While she calls you deplorable, I call you hardworking American patriots who want a better future for our country,” said Trump. He called onto the stage a dozen Trump supporters, who took turns mocking Clinton’s depiction.

Two male protesters being escorted out of the same rally were attacked by a man who managed to hit them in the head. Scuffle videos are posted here

What else is happening

  • Bill Clinton will pinch-hit for his wife at two Beverly Hills fundraisers Tuesday.
  • Don Fowler, a Democratic National Committee chairman from the 1990s, told Politico that Obama and the party’s congressional leaders should identify a potential replacement for Clinton just in case a health problem forces her from the race.
  • Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, said he will give up to $5 million to veterans groups as part of a crowdfunding campaign if Trump releases his tax returns.
  • Bill Clinton’s former CIA director, James Woolsey, is joining Trump as a senior adviser.
  • First lady Michelle Obama later this week will put her broad popularity and reputation for authenticity to work for Clinton, who has suffered from a lack of both, The New York Times says.
  • Health issues aside, Clinton faces a tough time running against a candidate who is "unconventional, harsh and relentless," the WSJ writes.
  • Trump cheerleader Chris Christie, who may be trying to run out the clock on his New Jersey governorship, which ends next year due to term limits, says Clinton is trying to run out the clock on the campaign.

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