David Brock demands Bernie’s records, but Hillary campaign disavows.
Hillary Clinton advocate David Brock of Media Matters thinks he’s found a clever way to take Bernie Sanders down a notch. He wants Bernie to release his medical records. Hillary’s official campaign has already distanced themselves from Brock’s demand.
Annie Karni reports at Politico:
Clinton surrogate to demand Sanders release medical records
A top surrogate for Hillary Clinton is prepping a new attack in an intensifying and increasingly personal war against rival Bernie Sanders — calling on the 74-year-old to release his medical records before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.
Clinton defender David Brock — founder of the Correct the Record PAC, which coordinates directly with Clinton’s campaign — is expected to hit the airwaves this weekend from Charleston, the scene of the third Democratic debate on Sunday night, and challenge Sanders to cough up a clean bill of health and doctor’s note in the next 16 days, according to a Democrat familiar with his thinking who was not authorized to preview any strategy.
Clinton released her medical records, showing she is “fit to serve as President,” last July. A spokeswoman for the Clinton campaign declined to comment on the strategy.
But hours later, after this report was published and Brock’s planned tactics were widely criticized on Twitter, campaign chairman John Podesta distanced himself from the surrogate’s attack.
Bernie Sanders is only six years older than Clinton, so it was probably wise of her campaign to disavow this tactic. The last thing she wants is people asking questions about health.
This November 2015 report from Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard is a good reminder:
Huma: Hillary ‘Often Confused’
In new State Department emails obtained by Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton’s close personal aide, Huma Abedin, is seen warning another aide that Clinton is “often confused.”
The Abedin email material contains a January 26, 2013, email exchange with Clinton aide Monica Hanley regarding Clinton’s schedule in which Abedin says Clinton is “often confused:”
- Abedin: Have you been going over her calls with her? So she knows singh is at 8? [India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh]
- Hanley: She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her
- Abedin: Very imp to do that. She’s often confused.
Funny how that didn’t get much play in the mainstream media, huh?
Update: Via The Daily Caller, David Brock denies reports:
My statement regarding Sen. Sanders' health records: pic.twitter.com/uC7n8aHjP9
— David Brock (@davidbrockdc) January 17, 2016
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