In an interview with a Tampa, Florida TV station on Wednesday, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughingly ruled out taking any neuro-cognitive tests before November’s presidential election, saying there is ‘no need’ for such testing in the wake of her collapsing while leaving the 9/11 commemoration in New York City.
Screen image via WFTS.
Raw video of the entire almost twelve minute long interview, conducted by reporter Sarina Fazan, was posted to YouTube by WFTS.
Fazan is alternately fawning and challenging in the interview, asking Clinton about her health and the email scandal but also gushing about Clinton’s ‘many first woman’ accomplishments resume while asking what advice Clinton has to offer mothers raising young girls.
Clinton burst out laughing at the suggestion she take some neuro-cognitive tests:
“(Laughter) You know, I, I am very sorry that I got pneumonia. I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it and uh, that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health. Uh, I have to say my opponent has not met that standard. Uh, so I am very happy that we have put out all the information that there is uh, that reflects on my health and I am physically, mentally healthy and fit to be president of the United States.”
Fazan asked again about testing: “Would you be willing to take those tests now?”
Clinton replied, “There’s no need for that. I mean, my, the information is very clear and the information as I said meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways.”
(Transcribed by Kristinn Taylor.)
Fazan’s question about taking neuro-cognitive tests was likely inspired by this paragraph in a New York Times article published earlier this week on Clinton’s health.
“Because Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump are in the age range of increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, some experts have urged that they both take neuro-cognitive tests that can detect early clues to dementia. While dementia can develop independent of head trauma, researchers are exploring whether a head injury might hasten development of dementia, as has been seen with former boxers and football players. Neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Trump has said whether they have taken such neuropsychological tests. Dr. Bardack wrote that Mrs. Clinton “is in excellent mental condition.””
The interview with Clinton was conducted backstage at a campaign rally held in Orlando Wednesday afternoon.