Hillary Clinton says she doesn’t have any lingering effects from her 2012 concussion, which has been used to question her health ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.
In fact, she told People magazine in an excerpt published by Politico’s Mike Allen, another potential 2016 contender — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — has told her that he’s suffered at least three concussions.
“I did have a concussion and some effects in the aftermath of it, mostly dizziness, double vision. Those all dissipated,” Clinton said when asked if she felt any continuing symptoms. She added that she was continuing to take blood thinning medication to address the blood clot, a result of her fall and concussion, that hospitalized her in 2012.
“It was funny: At the inauguration for President Obama’s second term, I was standing [with] Paul Ryan. I said, ‘Congressman, I read that you’re a great athlete. Have you ever had a concussion?’ ‘Oh, yeah. Three at least,'” Clinton said. “I said, ‘Were they serious?’ He said, ‘One was really serious. I’m so grateful to my mother, because she said, “You’re grounded. You’re going to rest until it goes away.” And of course it did.'”
Clinton’s health became a hot topic last month when Republican strategist Karl Rove opined that she might have suffered a “traumatic brain injury” as a result of the 2012 incident.
The Drudge Report even used Clinton’s photo on the cover of People to bring up the issue again this week with a tweet that asked: “IS CLINTON HOLDING A WALKER?” (The photographer later set Drudge straight, explaining the object Clinton was gripping was a chair.)