Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton suffered a sudden health breakdown during a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday morning, which led to much speculations around her health and candidacy. Her campaign announced on Friday that she has been diagnosed with pneumonia and is on antibiotics.
Video of Clinton stumbling and almost falling as she was being led to the car by her Secret Service detail has gone viral over the internet. The issue of Clinton’s health have plagued the campaign for quite some time now with speculations that she suffers from Parkinson’s to seizure and dementia which might come in the way of her service in the Oval Office, The Washington Times reported.
The rumours around her health also led to speculations on whether Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden would replace her. Although she appeared fine as she emerged from Chelsea Clinton’s apartment and waved at the reporters, questions are being raised as to who would be her automatic replacement in case she drops out.
Although Clinton’s campaign has not made any indication towards a possibility of her quitting the race, speculations over a likely replacement are still making the rounds.
However, Sanders would not automatically replace Hillary Clinton if she considered dropping out of the race due to health concerns. According to a report by Heavy.com. Sanders, who had the second-highest number of delegates in the party, refused to assign his delegates to Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
The DNC, as per its bylaws and charter, is required to select the replacement. Although, the exact process for selecting the replacement has not been spelled out in clear terms. According to Article 2, Section 7 of the DNC Bylaws, in case of a vacancy on the national ticket, a special meeting of the Committee will be held on the call of the Chairperson and the replacement candidate would be thereby chosen. According to a report by the Law Newz, such selection is generally made of the basis of majority decision.
If a situation arises in which Hillary Clinton is forced to withdraw after the general election but before being sworn in, then as per the federal law, the electors would be able to vote in whoever they want. But, states have the authority to pass their own laws on the issue.