Former President Clinton said he was "dumbfounded" at Karl Rove's recent questioning about his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE's December 2013 hospital visit for a blood clot.


"I got to give him credit, you know that embodies that old saying, 'Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,' " Clinton said at the 2014 Fiscal Summit hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington. "First they say she faked her concussion, now they say she's auditioning for a part on 'The Walking Dead.' "

Clinton's response drew laughter from the crowd of about 200 people.

"She works out every week, she is strong, she's doing great. As far as I can tell she's in better shape than I am now," Clinton said.

"I was sort of dumbfounded," Clinton added. "You can't get too upset about it -- it's just the beginning, they'll get better and better at it. I'm still waiting for them to admit there was nothing in White Water."

Rove questioned the former secretary of State's hospital stint, which Clinton representatives have said was due to a blood clot, at a conference near Los Angeles on Thursday.

“Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury?” Rove said, according to The New York Post. “We need to know what’s up with that.”

Rove has since walked back his remarks, saying he never suggested Hillary Clinton had brain damage.

Clinton also defended his wife against Republican critics who questioned her handling of the 2012 attack at a U.S. post in Benghazi. “In my opinion, Hillary did what she should have done,” Clinton said. “Secretaries of State never were involved directly in these security decisions.”

This story was updated at 3:28 p.m.