Obama, Bill step in for Hillary
FORMER and current US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama joined the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, standing in for the Democratic presidential hopeful while she recovers from pneumonia.
Ms Clinton is set to return to the fray tomorrow after several days of rest when she attends a Black Women’s Agenda symposium in Washington, with less than eight weeks to go before the election.
With Republican rival Donald Trump in striking distance in national polls and some battleground states, Ms Clinton, 68, suffered perhaps the worst week of her quest to become America’s first female president.
“I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” she told CNN when asked why she kept her pneumonia diagnosis under wraps.
In the meantime, her husband Bill takes over for her in California, attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles while his wife rests at their home in Chappaqua, New York.
Ms Clinton will get a further boost when Mr Obama hits the campaign trail for her in Philadelphia.
Mr Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway criticised Ms Clinton’s “lack of transparency” but added, “We’re glad that she’s feeling better.”