Newt Gingrich questions Hillary Clinton's health at Kennesaw State event

Gingrich: Clinton must address health issues

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The health of Hillary Clinton was at center stage in Kennesaw Monday when former congressman Newt Gingrich stumped on behalf of Donald Trump.  Like Trump, Gingrich played down her health issues – while also saying she has to answer the questions raised over her diagnosis of pneumonia over the weekend.  

"She is our opponent. She is not our enemy. We wish her well," Gingrich said on stage at Kennesaw State University, where the former House Speaker asked the audience to pray for Hillary Clinton.
"I want to take her ideas seriously. I also respect the fact that she does have, at least for the moment, some significant health concerns," Gingrich said.  Gingrich is backing Republican Donald Trump, but noted that he has known Clinton longer. 
Secretary Clinton's health concern's emerged as she abruptly exited an event Sunday – then video showed three people helping her get into an SUV moments later. Trump has hinted at unproven issues surrounding her health.  Sunday's stumble by Clinton gave Trump and his backers – including Gingrich --  some evidence.
"It took this from rumors to a legitimate national question," he said in response to a question from 11Alive News following the town hall.  "She's got to answer it. I don't presume anything terrible. I hope she's OK."
Clinton reportedly vowed to released detailed medical records in the coming days.  But her highest profile backer in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed, decried the attention it all has gotten.
"I think this whole matter around her health and stamina is really sexist and has some really dark undertones in terms of what is says about how you treat a man and a woman," Reed said, adding that Clinton has released more of her health records than Trump has.  
The town hall meeting began at noon and lasted about an hour.

RELATED | Polls show Trump, Clinton in tight race for Ga.

Before Trump announced running mate Mike Pence, Gringrich was on his short list for vice president. State GOP leaders said the former House Speaker could help Trump win Georgia. Although Gingrich moved out of the state more than a decade ago — his Georgia fan base is still devout. When Gingrich ran for president four years ago, he won the Georgia GOP primary but lost the nomination.

Photos | Newt Gingrich through the years


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