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Sunday
Sep112016

Clinton Left 9/11 Ceremony After Feeling 'Overheated,' Campaign Says 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday because she felt "overheated" and went to daughter Chelsea's apartment, according to her campaign.

"Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen. During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter's apartment, and is feeling much better," the campaign statement said.

Later, outside of Chelsea Clinton's apartment in Manhattan, where the media had stationed itself, Clinton came outside onto the sidewalk and said, "I'm feeling great. It's a beautiful day in New York."

She waved at the press and walked to her van. Asked again by a reporter if she was feeling better, Clinton said: "Yes, thank you very much."

Rep. Joseph Crowley, a Democrat who represents New York's 14th District, told ABC station WABC-TV that he was standing near Clinton and the heat there was "stifling." He said her departure was unremarkable, prompting him to think she had planned to leave early.

The exact time that she departed the area is not known, since the small, rotating pool of journalists typically designated to follow her closely was not allowed to stick with her during the event.

At 11:03 a.m. Nick Merrill, a campaign spokesman, released the statement saying she felt "overheated," had gone to her daughter's apartment and that she was feeling "much better."

Forty-four minutes later Clinton left the apartment in Manhattan, telling gathered reporters that she was feeling better.

Clinton was seen arriving at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., at 1:13 p.m. by an ABC News reporter. The campaign notified reporters of her arrival at her home at 1:43 p.m.

The campaign has not said whether the van made any stops on the way to Chappaqua or whether the 68-year-old candidate had seen a doctor.

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