'It's great to be back': Clinton returns to campaign trail for first time since health episode
Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday after taking a few days off to recover from pneumonia, and while she addressed questions about why she didn't reveal the diagnosis sooner, she didn't specify when she told her running mate, Tim Kaine, about her illness.The Democratic presidential nominee spoke in the battleground state of North Carolina and talked about her reluctance to take time off the trail while she was sick.
She continued: "I'm not great at taking it easy even under ordinary circumstances, but with just two months to go until Election Day? Sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be."
Clinton said that during the three days she was off the trail, she "talked with some old friends," spent time with her dogs, and "did some thinking.""You know, the campaign trail doesn't really encourage reflection," she said. "And it's important to sit with your thoughts every now and then. And that did help me reconnect with what this whole campaign is about."Her speech was briefly interrupted by protesters, who were shouted down by chants of "Hillary! Hillary!"
She then pivoted to talking about how necessary healthcare is.
"Now, I just want to have a conversation and other people can wave their arms and their signs, but I want you to think with me for a minute about how I certainly feel lucky when I'm under the weather I can certainly afford to take a few days off," Clinton said. "Millions of Americans can't. They either go to work sick or they lose a paycheck."In a press conference after the speech, Clinton took questions from reporters and further addressed the pneumonia diagnosis.
One reporter said it appeared that Kaine, her running mate, didn't appear aware of her illness on Friday, when she got the diagnosis.
"My senior staff knew and information was provided to a number of people," Clinton said, without specifying when exactly Kaine found out.She continued: "Look, this was an ailment that many people just power through and that's what I thought I would do as well. ... It didn't work out, so I got the antibiotics up and going, got the rest that I needed, and we're going on from there."
Clinton has been slipping in the polls since the pneumonia diagnosis, which her staff publicized on Sunday. She abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service that day after "overheating," and her staff later revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
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