Clinton says time away helped her ‘reconnect’ with why she’s running

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States September 15, 2016, as she resumed her campaign schedule after a bout with pneumonia..  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  - RTSNY3Y

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GWEN IFILL:  For Hillary Clinton, it’s the first day back.  The Democratic presidential nominee returned to campaigning today after recuperating from illness.

She appeared rested, recovered, as ready to return to the campaign trail as she boarded her flight to North Carolina.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presidential Nominee:  Welcome back to stronger together.

WOMAN:  How are you doing?  How are you feeling?

HILLARY CLINTON:  I am doing great.  Thank you so much.

GWEN IFILL:  Clinton was last seen Sunday in New York, nearly collapsing from pneumonia while leaving a 9/11 memorial.  Today, she flew to her first event of the week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

HILLARY CLINTON:  I’m not great at taking it easy even under ordinary circumstances, but with just two months to go until Election Day, sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be.

GWEN IFILL:  Clinton’s aides released a letter from her doctor on Wednesday.  It rated the 68-year-old candidate healthy and fit to serve as president.

Today, she said her time away helped her reconnect to why she is running.  She explained later to reporters.

HILLARY CLINTON:  I’m going to close my campaign focused on opportunities for kids and fairness for families that’s been the cause of my life.  It will be the passion of my presidency.  We’re offering ideas, not insults.

GWEN IFILL:  Republican Donald Trump, who is 70 years old, released a letter today from his longtime doctor.  It also declared Trump healthy, noting that he takes cholesterol medication and a low dose of aspirin.

Trump discussed his medical status in an interview airing today on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

DR. MEHMET OZ, “The Dr. Oz Show”:  If elected at age 70, you will be the oldest person to ever enter the Oval Office.

DONALD TRUMP:  Just about the same age as Ronald Reagan, and Hillary is a year behind me.  I would say, just based on my life, I actually — and I don’t know if this makes sense — I feel as good today as I did when I was 30.

GWEN IFILL:  The GOP nominee also talked policy today at the Economic Club of New York.

DONALD TRUMP:  Over the next 10 years, our economic team estimates that, under our plan, the economy will average 3.5 percent growth and created a total of 25 million new jobs.  You can visit our Web site.  Just look at the math.  It works.

GWEN IFILL:  Meanwhile, more evidence the race is tightening, with a CBS News-New York Times poll giving Clinton just a two-point lead.  It also suggests an enthusiasm gap; 51 percent of Trump supporters say they’re very enthusiastic about voting, while only 43 percent of Clinton supporters say the same.

Health, stamina and enthusiasm matter.  The candidates have 54 days left until Election Day, and just 11 days until their first scheduled debate.

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