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Sep 15, 2016

NYT First Draft: Hillary Clinton Returns to Campaign Trail, by Maggie Haberman - September 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The New York Times

The New York Times
Hillary Clinton arriving in Charlotte, N.C., last week.
Hillary Clinton arriving in Charlotte, N.C., last week. Doug Mills/The New York Times
Hillary Clinton Returns to the Campaign Trail

Hillary Clinton will return to the campaign trail on Thursday, following a three-day absence after she nearly collapsed at the World Trade Center memorial service amid a bout of pneumonia.
Mrs. Clinton will appear in Greensboro, N.C., a day after her doctor released new details about her treatment over the last two weeks.
The moment will allow Mrs. Clinton to attempt to reassure anyone with lingering questions about her health, and to try to get beyond an issue that has dominated the race all week. It will also allow her to resume focusing on coming debates against her Republican rival, Donald J. Trump.
Mrs. Clinton’s team left an opening for her critics to question her level of transparency, a topic that has bedeviled her, when her aides said that she had left the ceremony because she had “overheated,” but that she was feeling better. They revealed the pneumonia diagnosis after a viral video was taken by one of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters, standing nearby, as she got into her van.
Mr. Trump’s aides have urged his supporters not to publicly discuss Mrs. Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis to avoid looking as if they are exploiting an unfortunate circumstance or being insensitive.
It was Mr. Trump who broke the seal on that request on Wednesday night at a rally in Ohio, at which he expressed for concern for Mrs. Clinton but also noted that she was “lying in bed,” adding that he was standing through a hot event. “I don’t know folks, do you think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour?” said Mr. Trump, who spent much of the last year questioning Mrs. Clinton’s “stamina.”
The risk for Mr. Trump and Republicans who have repeatedly questioned the state of her health during the campaign is that of overstating the case, particularly if Mrs. Clinton recovers from her pneumonia and seems restored on the campaign trail and at the debates.
Hillary Clinton at a rally in Tampa, Fla., early this month, and Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Clive, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Left, Doug Mills/The New York Times; Damon Winter/ The New York Times
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Hillary Clinton leaving Chelsea Clinton’s apartment in New York City on Sept. 11.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Mrs. Clinton elaborated on her pneumonia diagnosis and treatment, and Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was overweight and taking medication to lower cholesterol.
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On the Trail
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