Former President Bill Clinton told “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose that his wife, Hillary Clinton, gets dehydrated “frequently” before immediately correcting himself in an interview that aired on a variety of CBS platforms beginning Monday.
“She’s been — well, it isn’t a mystery to me and all of her doctors. ‘Cause frequently — not frequently. Rarely, but on more than one occasion over the last many, many years, the same sorta thing’s happened to her, when she just got severely dehydrated,” the former president said.
TMZ reported that CBS edited that portion of the interview out of the version shown on “CBS Evening News” on Monday night but left the snafu on the version that aired Tuesday morning on “CBS This Morning.”
CBS News issued the following statement to TheWrap about the apparent edit: “The clip in question from former President Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose ran in its entirety on “CBS This Morning, CBSNews.com and on CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service. One clip that ran on “CBS Evening News” was edited purely for time while on deadline for the live broadcast.”
After raising suspicions by leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York City early on Sunday after becoming “overheated,” Hillary Clinton announced that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
Many critics have raised concerns about Clinton’s health, some accusing her of hiding a serious illness and pointing to her frequent cough as evidence that she may be unfit to serve a full term as commander in chief.
The fact that Bill Clinton admitted that his wife had experienced severe dehydration “on more than one occasion” will likely add fuel to the issue as the election approaches.
“They think everything’s a campaign issue,” Bill Clinton told Rose later in the interview. “It’s almost certain she’s in better health than her opponent.”