When radio show host Brian Kilmeade asked Wallace if Rove's comments were out of line, Wallace said that attacks like that are just part of politics, even if they don't have any truth to them.
"Well, it’s not out of bounds. I’m not sure that it’s particularly legitimate," he said. "There’s certainly no sign that she’s walking wounded."
"Politics ain’t beanbag. It’s a tough game. It’s a contact sport," Wallace continued, explaining that Rove likely wanted to put the Clintons on defense. "I think it was probably pretty smart politics — not especially attractive — but smart and effective."
The Fox host added that candidates on both sides of the aisle, like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, have been targeted over health and age concerns.
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