Clinton Thought About 'Catastrophic' Issue While Sick

She had lots of reflection time while recovering from pneumonia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 1:59 AM CDT
Clinton: 'It's Great to Be Back'
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 39th Annual Gala Dinner in Washington on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday, portraying her doctor-ordered rest to recover from pneumonia as a campaign reboot. "It's great to be back on the campaign trail," she said as she took the stage at a rally in Greensboro, NC, while James Brown's "I Feel Good" played. "I recently had a cold that turned out to be pneumonia. I tried to power through it, but even I had to admit that maybe a few days' rest would be good," she said, per the Washington Post. Clinton told the crowd that she had reflected on the issues during her time off—including the fact that sickness can be "catastrophic" for families she has met who are "one paycheck away from losing their home."

Clinton promised a new focus for her campaign and was unusually open about her own personality. "Like a lot of women, I have a tendency to overprepare. I sweat the details," said Clinton. "I'll never be the showman my opponent is and that's OK with me," she added. But Clinton was as prickly as ever during a rare news conference after the speech, Politico reports. She took just six questions, including one about whether she had told running mate Tim Kaine she had pneumonia. "We communicated, but I'm not going to go into our personal conversations," she said. "I feel comfortable and confident about our relationship." (A new poll has Clinton neck-and-neck with Trump nationally.)

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