“It’s just the kind of thing that, if it happens to you and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward,” she said of her decision to keep her Friday diagnosis hidden until Sunday when her sudden early departure from a 9/11 memorial service – and footage of her going wobbly as she stumbled into her car – compelled the campaign to disclose that she was ill.
At first, a campaign spokesman said on Sunday that the presidential candidate was feeling “overheated,” leaving the outdoor memorial service to cool off at her daughter Chelsea’s apartment in Manhattan before heading home to Chappaqua, N.Y. Later on Sunday, the campaign disclosed that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier, on Friday, Sept. 9.
Clinton said she didn’t pass out at the memorial service, but did feel dizzy.
“I did lose my balance for a minute,” she told Cooper. “Once I got in, once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I felt better.”
When Cooper asked how many times she’d had experienced dizziness in the past five years, citing her concussion in 2012, she said it’d only happened a few times.
“I think really only twice, that I can recall,” she responded. “It is something that has occurred a few times over the course of my life, I’m aware of it and can usually avoid it.”
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Clinton said she was “incredibly committed” to attending the 9/11 memorial on Sunday, but had perhaps pushed herself too hard.
“I’m feeling so much better,” she said. “Obviously, I should have gotten some rest sooner, I probably would have been better off if I’d just pulled down my schedule on Friday. Like a lot of people I just thought I could keep going forward and power through it, and obviously that didn’t work out so well.”
“She was even better last night before she went to sleep,” he said. “She had a good night’s sleep, she’s doing fine. We’ve gotten all these, as you might imagine, emails and text messages and calls. But she’s just doing fine. She just got dehydrated yesterday.”
When asked if Clinton’s dizziness on Sunday could be a sign of a more serious illness, the former president said he did not believe that was the case.
“Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all her doctors because frequently—well not frequently, rarely—but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated,” he said.