Rove: 'Of Course' Hillary Doesn't Have Brain Damage

But he still wants more information on her 'serious' fall

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2014 3:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Karl Rove insists he never said Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage, despite a headline to that effect today in the New York Post. "Of course she doesn't have brain damage," Rove tells the Washington Post, one of several interviews in which he was distancing himself a bit from the earlier story. "I never used that phrase," he said in an interview on Fox, notes USA Today. But the GOP strategist reiterated that Clinton did have a "serious health episode" after a fall in 2012 and will have to be more "forthcoming" about the details should she run in 2016.

"This is going to be an issue," Rove tells Fox News. Here's what the New York Post quoted Rove as saying: “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.” News stories of the time had Clinton in the hospital for only three days, notes the Washington Post, while Fox News points out that the glasses she was wearing are often used by those who suffer concussions, and Clinton has said she suffered one. White House spokesperson Jay Carney laughed off the remarks today, with a dig at Rove's election punditry on Fox: "Dr. Rove might have been the last person in America on election night to recognize and acknowledge that the president had won re-election."

Hillary Clinton in a 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Republican strategist Karl Rove.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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