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Rep. Barbara Lee on Hillary Clinton's Health: Transparency is Important, But We Need to Move Forward

StorySeptember 13, 2016
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Barbara Lee

Democrat of California and chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace & Security Task Force.

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she’ll release more medical records related to her bout with pneumonia and dehydration, Congressmember Barbara Lee urges Clinton to continue releasing details about her health, but downplays speculation about whether she could be replaced. "I think that we need to move forward. Hopefully, Donald Trump will submit his medical records," says Lee. "I’m hoping that the American people really understand that the issues that are before us today, as it relates to global peace and security, as it relates to an economy that works for all, as it relates to ensuring that the bigotry and the hatred that is being spoken throughout our country, that we come together and unify and speak up in terms of our American values."


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AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Congressmember Lee, I know you have to go, but I wanted to ask you about the concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health and what you make of the kind of drumbeat that’s being built right now. She says she has pneumonia, and she was suffering from dehydration, has taken a few days off, she says, from the campaign trail. Now there’s a whole discussion, going back to the former head of the DNC, Fowler, to set up a transition if there has to be a new presidential candidate chosen. Can you address these issues?

REP. BARBARA LEE: Well, I think that, you know, first of all, we wish Secretary Clinton well. And it sounds like she’s making a very speedy recovery. And, of course, the issue around disclosing health records and being transparent about one’s health condition when you’re running for president is extremely important. And her campaign has responded very forthrightly about the mistakes that were made and the delays and what have you.

But I think that we need to move forward. Hopefully, Donald Trump will submit his medical records. And the debate must go forward. And I’m hoping that the American people really understand that the issues that are before us today, as it relates to global peace and security, as it relates to an economy that works for all, as it relates to ensuring that the bigotry and the hatred that is being spoken throughout our country, that we come together and unify and speak up in terms of our American values. And that’s the debate that needs to move forward.

AMY GOODMAN: Congressmember Barbara Lee, I want to thank you for being with us, Democrat of California, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Thanks so much. Congressmember Lee is author of the House Bill 1303, which would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. She cast the lone vote in Congress against the measure 15 years ago tomorrow.

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