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September 14, 2016

Clinton on bed rest and defensive over ‘deplorables’ remark

Essential question

How does a presidential candidate’s health status affect their campaign and potential presidency?

Hillary Clinton had to stay home in order to recover from pneumonia this week, but that didn’t stop her campaign.

The democratic nominee stumbled as she left a 9/11 event in New York City Monday and could not attend a Tuesday rally in Philadelphia. Luckily, President Barack Obama took her place.

“She’s been accused of everything you can imagine, and has been subjected to more … unfair criticism than anybody out here,” Obama said.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump stopped in Iowa to speak about his plan for affordable child care. At the U.S. Capitol, his running mate Mike Pence was asked questions if he would call former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke “deplorable” – a term Clinton had used to describe half of Trump’s supporters last week.

“We have said that we do not want his support, and we do not want the support of people who think like him,” Pence said. “The simple fact is that I’m not in the name-calling business. But I’m also not going to validate the language that Hillary Clinton used to describe the American people.”

Trump plans to visit Flint, Michigan on Thursday, while Clinton will likely remain home recovering until at least Friday.

Key terms

pneumonia — a serious disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe

deplorable — deserving strong condemnation

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. What would you want to know about a presidential candidate’s health?
  2. How could falling ill on the campaign trail hurt a candidate?
  3. Do you think the presidential campaign has been conducted in a respectful manner by both Trump and Clinton?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Should the presidential candidates be more up front with the public regarding their physical health? Explain your answer.
  2. Do you think Clinton should have used the phrase “basket of deplorables?” to describe half of Trump’s supporters? Why or why not?
  3. Is it possible to still do a good job as president if faced with health issues? Explain. Who are some presidents who’ve had health issues in the past and continued to serve in office?

Sarah Seale contributed to this Daily News Story. 

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