Is Hillary Clinton's Illness Significant?

By Daily Editorials

September 15, 2016 2 min read

Hillary Clinton canceled a campaign trip to California after developing pneumonia, a diagnosis that came to light after the Democratic presidential candidate fell ill at a 9/11 anniversary event on a hot day in New York.

Before Sunday's incident, Donald Trump had been alleging his opponent "lacks the mental and physical stamina" to be president. Clinton had struggled with a cough. But Clinton had been dismissing doubts about her health as groundless speculation and partisan rumor-mongering.

Do Clinton's pneumonia, and her apparent difficulty walking as she left the 9/11 ceremony early, suggest she is generally unwell? Or do these seem more like isolated episodes?

What do you think of how the news media have treated the subject, and how the Clinton and Trump campaigns have tried to spin the news? What kind of personal medical information should voters know about presidential candidates?

How forthcoming have the two major candidates been about their health?

Are you satisfied by Trump's first effort to address health questions, the four-paragraph open letter from his doctor last December saying the New York billionaire would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency"?

Is it important that Clinton didn't immediately make public the pneumonia diagnosis she received Sept. 9, and does it reflect the instinct for secrecy for which she is frequently criticized?

Do the candidates' ages — Clinton is 68, Trump 70 — worry you?

Are you confident that Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, or Trump's choice for vice president, Mike Pence, would be able to step in as president if the next commander-in-chief became incapacitated?

Would any of this change how you vote Nov. 8?


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