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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is set to resume campaigning on Thursday after a bout with pneumonia compelled the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee to take an unforeseen break as she and Republican rival Donald Trump entered the critical two-month final stretch before the election.

Clinton will attend a rally in North Carolina and speak at a dinner in Washington after resting at her home in Chappaqua, New York, for three days following a pneumonia diagnosis and falling ill at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Sunday.

The detour forced Clinton to cancel a two-day swing through California and send her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to a Las Vegas campaign rally in her stead. It also interrupted a series of speeches in which she had planned to refocus her campaign on what she would do for the country after a period when she attacked Trump as a dangerous, unprepared candidate.

Top Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri said on Thursday that “one upside” of the unplanned break was the chance to “sharpen the final argument she will present to voters in these closing weeks.”

“Our campaign readily admits that running against a candidate as controversial as Donald Trump means it is harder to be heard on what you aspire for the country’s future, and it is incumbent on us to work harder,” Palmieri said in a statement.

Clinton‘s speech in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday will focus on how she plans to make sure “every child has the chance to live up to their God-given potential,” Palmieri said.

She will deliver speeches in the coming days on the economy and national service, her campaign said. Last week, she discussed her religious faith in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clinton‘s pneumonia diagnosis came at inopportune time for the former secretary of state, who spent the bulk of August fundraising in wealthy U.S. enclaves such as the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard, with only intermittent campaign events.

Her strong lead over Trump in most opinion polls after the party-nominating conventions in July narrowed throughout August. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Thursday showed Clinton had the support of 46 percent of likely voters nationwide, with 44 percent backing Trump.

Battleground states such as Ohio and Florida are no longer considered likely wins for the Democratic nominee, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Saturday.

Clinton on Wednesday released a letter from her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, to dispel rumors about her health. The letter detailed her pneumonia diagnosis and declared her fit for the presidency.

Trump discussed his health in a segment of the “Dr. Oz Show” that will air on Thursday.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a news conference on the airport tarmac in front of her campaign plane in White Plains, New York, United States September 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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35 Comments

  1. Lynda Groom September 15, 2016

    I find the hyper coverage of Ms Clinton’s illness very interesting. One might come to believe that this was a major event that should change minds. I don’t. Maybe because I remember that JFK, who was an ill man, handled the duties of president with aplomb. Not to forget Ike and his heart problems. Then of course there is the four time president FDR who was confined to a wheelchair his entire time in office. He kept the nation on track to win WWII. So Ms Clinton having a bout of pneumonia should not have been such a big deal.

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    1. Mama Bear September 15, 2016

      thanks for the laugh, Lynda. Were you under a rock somewhere when the media and the right wingers were all over Clinton’s illness like she was dying of tropical sprue? The Trumpettes and their ilk left her no choice but document her every move.

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      1. Lynda Groom September 16, 2016

        Not under a rock, but rolliing on the floor in witness to irony. Indeed her campaign will document her health issues while making it clear that the opposition will not. She’s playing chess and the Trumpettes are playing checkers.

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        1. Mama Bear September 16, 2016

          so that’s where you were! I love it when we get to laugh that hard especially when it’s something idiotic Trumper Thumper said or did!

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      2. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

        one of the soap opra sites politico something had today Hillary saying she died

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    2. Benjamin Facer September 15, 2016

      Unfortunately in this election every weakness is exploited. For Trump he has been lucky in as much as it has been all about him making crazy comments and being portrayed as a clown but that has meant little digging in to the substance of anything he says and he’s been able to avoid any true in-depth look at his claims and justification for being President. There is so much he has done previously, so many law cases and complaints from around the world as to his business practices and the way he treats people that just seems to be glossed over in comparison to the witch hunt like pursuit of Ms Clinton.

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    3. A. D. Reed September 15, 2016

      And what about Reagan, who “ran” the country while his pal, Alzheimer’s Disease, was the most alert entity in the Oval Office?

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      1. Lynda Groom September 16, 2016

        Indeed Uncle Al, as we call Alzheimer’s, was a large part of the Reagan administration. Of course he was a republican so Alzheimer’s is not as dangerous to the nation and the world as a case pneumonia in a woman.

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    4. johninPCFL September 15, 2016

      I listened as one of the Trump surrogates was lying this morning about pneumonia being “contagious”. Seems like no idiotic idea cannot be spewed as campaign bullshit by them.

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  2. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 15, 2016

    what is wrong with the people of this country ??????/ I cant (well maybe I can ) understand how stupid and blind every one is . SO SAD . DONNY DUMP is making a mockery of The Whole Political System . every this that comes out of his DUMPSTER mouth is a lie . he bad mouths war hero and vets . and he is a 5 time draft dodger . he cry’s about company’s leaving the USA and he is making all kind of things in a lot of other country’s. he says Obama is no good . and got us out of the DIRTY BUSH’S grave hole and the stock market was like 6000 something if that today its up over 18,000 . he got BIN LARDAZZ more jobs came back since he been in the house . now the DUMPSTER talks his B/S taxes down to 15 % he will do that but only for the 1 &2 % greedy bastards rich . he lied his way through the first half and he is still lie’s all the way to the 2nd half . the true fools are the ones that stand with him and the ones that stand with the ones that stand with him . its not 50% its 100% of them deranged retards . I cant believe so many fall for the B/S the DUMPSTERS talks about . you stupid people of the country the POS just says what you want to hear THATS IT NOTHING AT ALL WILL COME OF ANYTHING THE MORON SAYS WAKE UP people don’t be the stupidest people on the earth the world is laughing at the USA and DONNY DUMP thy know he is POS

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    1. Mama Bear September 15, 2016

      hit it dude! I love your song.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 15, 2016

        im trying to sing it to any of the stupid that have anything to do with the DUMPSTER

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    2. Jmz Nesky September 15, 2016

      It’s a resemblance of Nazi Germany all over again where the desperate falls for the lies their Savior has in store for them.. The only thing missing is the destruction Adolph put on his rivals, however, if the Trumpit asked his zombies to burn down the white house so he could build a casino mansion look-a-like I’m sure they wouldn’t hesitate to happily abide to his bidding.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

        ive been saying this for a while now if DONNY DUMP asked his brain dead followers to strap a bomb to them self and pull the pin thy would

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        1. Jmz Nesky September 16, 2016

          Yes, but he would only demand that AFTER he’s elected.

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          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

            it was asked and said that maybe Hillary being back could stop the DUMPSTER’s rise . the thing that will stop DONNY DUMPS rise (first he must have ate the whole bottle of Viagra ) but his down fall will be at the debate when it will be seen how stupid he is and the lack of knowing anything about the country (out side his deranged world beyond his wall blocking out the real world ) him in the debate you can count of him trying to talk loud and over every one when he is stuck with simple things that even a 12 year old child would know about the country but he wont know it and this loud mouth B/S artist will do a lot of talk over when he don’t know what’s going on ( which will pretty much be all the time ) he might then yell loud Obama wasn’t born in the USA to try to throw off people from seeing how stupid he is and how little the DUMPSTER BRAIN FULL WITH BIG TIME B/S really is

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          2. Jmz Nesky September 16, 2016

            I totally agree with you on that. I’ve visualized Hillary talking about the state of the nation and what she hopes to accomplish that will benefit America and all it’s citizens then I see Trump accusing her of crimes she’s never been convicted of and impertenant nagging that only his staunch idiot fans can comprehend then as far as the national and international situations go, he’ll just say, “I’ll do it perfect, believe that”. Yes, I’m expecting he will make a total ass of himself then later blame her for his stupidity.

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          3. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

            its the crimes the DUMPSTER commit before and even since he started running while he was running bribing a AG from FL. thy both should be hung out to dry and locked up and face trial

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          4. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

            the best is yet to come get ready for THE DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW this first debate will show just how much the DUMPSTER has no clue at what’s going on out side his little deranged bind and head . rest asure you will see DONNY DUMP loud mouth and talking over every one at times he wont know what’s going on ( and this will be through out most of the debate as always ) . the funniest thing of all is I see these black people on fending DONNY DUMP . how stupid can people be ? have thy no clue that the DUMPSTER is just using them ? ( sorry I was just watching a black guy trying to talk nice about DONNY DUMP ( he could talk the rest of his life and still fail )

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          5. Jmz Nesky September 16, 2016

            And you know all this because it’s been cataloged in unbiased media articles, on video and at convention speeches and TV interviews so it must be true. Yet the Trumponions overlook such physical evidence and often defends it yet with HRC just a rumor can spread hatred like wild fire.. Truly these people and the Trumpster are experiencing the same sickness that those in the 1930’s Germany experienced and no one, not even sane thinkers have figured it out, and rightfully so since the Germain people themselves didn’t recognize it until it was too late. Yes, I know.. another conspiracy theory but looking at the progress that Trump has excelled in then looking at what his audience mainly consists of and you too may decide to delve into the absurd. I’m not trying to offer these bobble heads a legitimate excuse as they’re way beyond such empathy.

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          6. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 17, 2016

            the debate will be just another DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW

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          7. Jmz Nesky September 17, 2016

            Indeed.. I’m gonna make popcorn.

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          8. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 17, 2016

            order pizza and tape it . in and sell the tape’s in 100 years the tape will be worth se who buy them now . first debate with a women running for Pres.

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          9. Jmz Nesky September 17, 2016

            I’m really looking forward to it.. I wanna see Hillary turn the Trumpit’s little balls into mini-balloon animals.

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          10. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 17, 2016

            DONNY DUMP is small hands little package (im sure ) a human freak with all balls no action a coward with a BIG MOUTH but when confronted with some one or what he says he then runs ands hides like the coward he is . . id like to be a writer for Hillary I have a lot of thing that she could and should bring up on every debate that will pretty much shut that moron up on the stage

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  3. Benjamin Facer September 15, 2016

    Unfortunately in this election every weakness is exploited. For Trump he
    has been lucky in as much as it has been all about him making crazy
    comments and being portrayed as a clown but that has meant little
    digging in to the substance of anything he says and he’s been able to
    avoid any true in-depth look at his claims and justification for being
    President. There is so much he has done previously, so many law cases
    and complaints from around the world as to his business practices and
    the way he treats people that just seems to be glossed over in
    comparison to the witch hunt like pursuit of Ms Clinton.

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    1. Jon September 15, 2016

      The failure of media to scrutinize Trump’s policies or fact check his lies has been a problem for months. This past weekend and this week the media dogpiled on Hillary rotating stories about depicables and Hillary’s health. They ignored the news about the illegal activities of Trump Foundation or his Friday night promise that if rude people in small boats made inappropriate hand gestures to those aboard a U.S. destroyer he would shoot them out of the water. I guess the media thought illegal activities by the law and order candidate who gets his supporters chanting lock her up when he says Hillary’s name and who will risk going to war if he is offended by rude people in small boats were not newsworthy.
      You are right. The media, if they even report Trump’s lies, insults, unethical business practices, and illegal behavior, gloss it over in their nonstop witch hunt of Hillary.

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  4. AgLander September 15, 2016

    The Gravediggers Union is not impressed by Clinton’s return…..they consider her “shovel ready”!

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    1. johninPCFL September 15, 2016

      We consider most of your comments “shovel ready” – just like following the circus elephant.

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  5. AgLander September 15, 2016

    It’s too bad the job of president is not filled similar to that of a company hiring a new employee. That way Hillary would have to report to the Human Resources Department and be interviewed for the job by the company’s personnel manager. Can you imagine what that person conducting the interview would be shocked to discover?

    1) In looking at Hillary’s resume he or she would find nothing of accomplishment in her previous jobs….nothing…….in fact he’d find that everything she listed as having been an accomplishment involved her screwing something up….sometimes royally.
    2) Her health: Reading over her health incidents and insurance claims from the past, plus noticing her current hacking cough as she sat there before him, and the fact that she stumbled and fell when he ushered her into his office would give him great pause as to her ability to handle the pressure of the work schedule…..not to mention her drain on the company’s future health care budget if she was hired!
    3) References: Hillary’s list of references, when checked, revealed a group of people who not only didn’t like her, but despised her with a passion!…..Colin Powell, Barack Obama being two notable ones. After checking more references it became clear that the people who knew her best, hated her the most.

    Yes, it’s too bad Hillary doesn’t have to face the job interview process normal working Americans have to go through and pass because if she did, her resume would have been tossed in the circular file within 5 minutes of the interview being conducted!

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    1. johninPCFL September 15, 2016

      That’s actually good news. It means that she’ll be taking the presidential oath in January.

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  6. Dominick Vila September 15, 2016

    Hopefully her return to the campaign trail will stop Trump’s momentum. With The Donald leading in Ohio and Florida, two large states essential to winning a presidential election, Hillary cannot afford to waste time, and playing defense to Trump’s latest line of attack or distractions.
    She has to campaign hard in Florida and Ohio, hopefully with some help from President Obama and Michelle Obama. She must establish a contrast between the message of hate, divisiveness, and irresponsibility that we have heard from Trump since he announced his candidacy, and the more realistic agenda that is in her political platform, her personal qualifications and attributes, and relevant experience.
    Instead of talking about health records (the records released do not indicate major physical or mental impairments afflicting either candidate), she must talk about her economic plan, job creation plan, her focus on climate change, her commitment to social programs, to education, retraining, and improving the quality of life of all Americans.
    Talking about a $4T tax cut, while stating that social programs are not going to be touched, that Defense spending is going to be increased, that he is going to invest in infrastructure, and that he will pay for it using money being spent by the remaining government departments and agencies excluded from cuts, may satisfy the naive, but it only raises legitimate questions from anyone capable of doing basic arithmetic. That’s the kind of thing that Hillary must zero in on, as well as his sudden conversion to African American well being, to Hispanics-Latinos, and to every single person he has insulted and demonized for over a year. He doesn’t like the term deplorable, because he is a deplorable human being.

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  7. Benjamin Facer September 15, 2016

    I’ve been thinking about this and I’m beginning to wonder if treating Trump seriously isn’t a mistake?

    If you think about it Trump is like that embarrassing relative that at family gatherings but can be highly amusing. People love the fool. He says outlandish and ridiculous things and family and friends just laugh it off, “There goes funny old Don again”. They love him for it and it endears them to him. However, do they take him seriously? Would they trust him to take care of the kids or make any important decisions?

    It would likely play to his ego – “You are a great entertainer. You’re hilarious and keep us all amused. There should be Trump TV you’d make millions amusing America and having us in stitches over your amusing comments and antics.”

    Lets just realize again who he genuinely is – a funny man and an entertainer. We can love him for that and there’s no harm in that. He’s certainly got a great act that has kept us all spellbound and most us can’t deny we can’t wait to hear what funny thing he says or does next.

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  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com September 16, 2016

    the best is yet to come get ready for THE DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW this first debate will show just how much the DUMPSTER has no clue at what’s going on out side his little deranged bind and head . rest asure you will see DONNY DUMP loud mouth and talking over every one at times he wont know what’s going on ( and this will be through out most of the debate as always ) . the funniest thing of all is I see these black people on fending DONNY DUMP . how stupid can people be ? have thy no clue that the DUMPSTER is just using them ? ( sorry I was just watching a black guy trying to talk nice about DONNY DUMP ( he could talk the rest of his life and still fail )

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