- Clinton caught a case of dry mouth during Labor Day speech in Cleveland
- 'Every time I think about Trump I get allergic,' Clinton quipped afterwards
- She and her VP nominee Tim Kaine stressed importance of winning Ohio
- Clinton's critics have raised questions about her alleged health problems
By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com In Cleveland, Ohio
Published: 14:56 EST, 5 September 2016 | Updated: 15:42 EST, 5 September 2016
Hillary Clinton caught a case of dry mouth on Monday afternoon that caused her to choke and cough through the first few minutes of her stump speech at a Labor Day event.
Clinton welled up as the coughing fit continued and told a park full of people in Cleveland, Ohio, that it was an 'allergic reaction' to Donald Trump.
'Every time I think about Trump I get allergic,' she whispered before she whipped out a glass of water from behind the podium and took a big gulp.
Hillary Clinton caught a case of dry mouth on Monday afternoon that caused her to choke and cough through the first few minutes of her stump speech at a Labor Day event
She tried again.
'Boy we have 63 days to go.' The coughing persisted.
The crowd could sense she was struggling and chanted her name as she waited for it to pass. Running mate Tim Kaine was sitting on stage behind her but didn't attempt to assist her. He clapped along with the crowd as she pushed ahead.
She moved on to plan B and popped in a throat lozenge. 'Woah,' she said, grabbing and gulping the water again.
The Democratic presidential nominee regained enough strength to finish the speech. 'Now, as I get over my allergic reaction,' she said, moving on from her introductory statement.
At a critical moment, though, her first public remarks on Trump's trip to Mexico, her voice gave way again.
'He can't even go to a foreign country without getting into a public feud with the president,' she said.
As she charged that he is 'temperamentally unfit' and 'totally unqualified' to be president her cough got the best of her for a second time - blunting what may have otherwise been an effective attack on her opponent.
Her voice raw and strained, Clinton ran down her regular list of complaints about Trump in the speech and stressed the importance of winning Ohio, something Kaine did in his remarks, as well.
'You guys have a habit of being there,' he told Ohioans at the afternoon event.
Pointing out that Labor Day is the unofficial kick-off of the general election, Kaine said, 'This is a big day.'
'We feel battle tested,' he said, and 'ready for the home stretch.'
Kaine met Clinton at the airport in Cleveland. The Virginia senator, who hadn't been seen with her since a bus trip at the end of the July, boarded the plane while Clinton was still on it, then deplaned with her minutes later.
He appeared at an event earlier in the day with Vice President Joe Biden.
Warming up the crowd for Clinton in Cleveland Kaine belatedly bashed Donald Trump for saying she didn't look 'presidential' at the Democratic National Convention more than a month ago.
Kaine predicted Monday that Trump would be making the same claim eight years from now at the end of Clinton's second term as he hawks bottled water on the street.
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