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Clinton rules out suggestion she undergo neurological tests

 (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
(Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton laughed off the suggestion that she should undergo and release results of neurological tests to rule out lingering health concerns, declaring herself to be “physically, mentally healthy and fit” to be president.

In an interview with an Orlando, Fla., television station Wednesday, Clinton was asked if she would submit to neuro-cognitive tests given the suggestion that, because of her and her opponent’s ages, they may be susceptible to dementia or even Alzheimer’s.

Clinton seemed surprised by the question, one that seemed to conflate genuine questions among some about her health with conspiracy theories about it.

“I am very sorry I got pneumonia. I am very glad that antibiotics took care of it. That’s behind us now,” she said. “I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health. I have to say my opponent has not met that standard.”

“There is no need” for such advanced tests, she added when pressed.

Clinton was also asked in the interview about lingering concerns among voters about whether she could be trusted with classified information after the controversy over her use of a private email server.

Clinton’s answer may have reflected the preparation she has been doing for Monday’s debate, as she opted against the often lawyerly and lengthy discussion of the issue she has offered in the past.

“If people are concerned about information, I’ve had some of the most secret information that anybody in government could have,” she said.

“I was involved in the small group advising President Obama about whether or not to go after Bin Laden. I am very committed to and careful with classified information. I think that anybody who looks at my whole record knows that.”

She also reflected on the thick skin that is often necessary for women to succeed.

“You can take criticism seriously. Try to learn from it. But don’t take it personally,” she said. “Don’t let people mess with your head.”

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