NEW YORK (AP) The 2016 presidential campaign of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was an unusual one.
It was, in many ways, a coronavirus pandemic: the Democratic candidate was sick and the odds of winning were slim.
It had to be one of the most expensive presidential campaigns in history, with millions of dollars being spent on advertising.
But the Clintons were also facing the daunting task of handling the threat from a virus that has killed more than 2 million people and displaced millions more.
They struggled to find a solution.
So when Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook announced in April that she was going to take time off to recover, he wasn’t alone.
“This is an unusual event,” said Dan Froomkin, a professor of political science at New York University.
“The Clintons have done a remarkable job of handling it.
It’s been very well received.
It will be an issue again.”
In her final days in the race, Clinton and her team were scrambling to find ways to protect her health from what some were calling a pandemic.
In her first appearance in public since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, she told supporters on the campaign trail: “We are in a pandemics season, and the American people deserve to know that.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Clinton also acknowledged that the health of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has been a concern, but said that the situation had been handled well by her team.
“It’s been handled very well, and we’re going to continue to be focused on it,” she said.
“I think I’m very healthy.”
The Clintons are no strangers to pandemic crises.
They faced one in their first campaign in 1996, when Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary, became ill with a blood clot and collapsed.
They were forced to move out of the home they shared with their daughter, Chelsea, when her condition worsened.
Hillary Clinton, who is now 91, went into remission after the Clinton Health Access Initiative was launched in the United States and has been healthy since.
Clinton has said she has been well since returning to the campaign.
She has also been seen wearing a neck brace in recent weeks.
She’s also appeared in more recent news reports with the aid of a medical device that uses tiny electrodes placed on her neck to detect her heartbeat.
While the Clintons may have found a way to make the pandemic more manageable, the threat remains.
The virus is still spreading, and more than 20 states have declared the season of the flu an official pandemic, though the actual flu season could be up to a year old.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 6 million Americans have been sickened by the virus since the start of the pandemocalypse in mid-September, according to its latest figures.
The White House on Monday also announced the formation of a special task force to investigate the outbreak.
But some Democrats are concerned that the focus on Clinton’s recovery may distract from the fact that the virus is spreading rapidly.
During a Monday morning press conference, Clinton campaign manager Chris Lehane said the Clintons’ health is the focus of the campaign, but he added: “I have no idea how long it will be.
We are going to focus on our health and how we are handling it.”
“I think the public deserves to know,” he said.
On Sunday, Clinton’s top health adviser, Dr. Lisa Bardack, told ABC News that Clinton’s illness was not related to her health as a candidate.
She said that while she believes Clinton is “in good health,” she also believed her health had been affected by the pandepics.
“We had a very, very tough week,” Bardack said, adding that she is still “aware of how the health issues were raised.”
Clinton is also suffering from the effects of her own pneumonia.
She underwent treatment in the summer after returning to New York from a vacation in Haiti and has continued to recover.
She was hospitalized in New York on Monday for tests, and her doctor said she is expected to be discharged in a few days.
But she has remained in the hospital, recovering from a concussion that left her unable to talk or move her face.
The White House said Monday that the former first lady has been recovering at home, and she’s expected to make a full recovery.
She’s also been working to raise money for the United Way.
She announced in June that the organization would raise $1 million in the coming months to help the families of victims of the outbreak, which includes the family of Dr. Keith M. Fauci, who died last month.