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Clinton versus Trump: The fitness test

Trump took to lashing out at Clinton for not being fit enough to be the president when she fell ill during the 9/11 ceremony. Photograph: (Getty)

Washington, DC, United States Sep 16, 2016, 04.44 AM (IST)

Hillary Clinton's battle with pneumonia might be over, but the speculations about Clinton's health has triggered a new 'fitness battle' between the Democratic presidential nominee and Republican nominee Donald Trump. 

While Clinton resumed her campaign trail on Thursday, signalling that she was racing to regain the momentum lost to her rival, Trump produced the most detailed assessment to show he was in "excellent physical health."

Clinton, who made a first confident public appearance on Thursday after her stint with illness, said she “was filled with a new sense of urgency at a critical juncture in American politics”, The Guardian reported today. 

"It's great to be back on the campaign trail," Clinton told cheering supporters in Greensboro, according to an AFP report.  

'The fitness war'

The 68-year-old Clinton was seen stumbling during the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York, raising speculations if she was fit to serve as the president of the United States. 

Trump took the incident as an opportunity to lash out at Clinton for not being 'fit' enough to run the country.

A few days later, he released new health data of his own during the taping of a nationally televised medical chat show Dr Oz, before publishing it on Thursday in full, according to a Guardian report. 

The one-page letter from his doctor lists various lab results, deeming his cholesterol, blood pressure and liver and thyroid function to be within the normal range.

'Welfare check' 

In an address to the Economic Club of New York, Trump took a dig at Clinton and Obama's policies of having doubled the national debt, adding that 'nation will tumble into dwindling prosperity' if Clinton were elected. 

"The only thing she can ever offer is a welfare check," he said.

Neck and neck game

A CBS News/New York Times survey found Clinton had just a two-point edge (46 to 44 per cent) over Trump in a two-way matchup among likely voters, siganlling a narrowing gap between the two presidential nominees. 

However, a recent Bloomberg poll puts him up by five points in Ohio, while a CNN survey now has Trump ahead of Clinton by three points in Florida.

Clinton has announced stops for next week in states where Trump has started closing the gap, including Florida. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)


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