June 3rd, 2008
07:09 AM ET
10 years ago

Sen. Robert Byrd, 90, hospitalized, spokesman says

 Sen. Robert Byrd is expected to remain hospitalized overnight.

Sen. Robert Byrd is expected to remain hospitalized overnight.

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized Monday night, a spokesman said.

The 90-year-old Democrat from West Virginia appeared lethargic when he arrived at his Senate office Monday afternoon in preparation for a vote on global warming, the spokesman said.

After the vote, he returned home, where his caregiver noticed the same symptoms, took his temperature and discovered he had a fever, the spokesman said.

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  1. joy



    June 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    I have to respect a guy who has turned it around the way Sen. Byrd did from his early career to now, but this is just another example that there's a changing of the guard going on. For better or for worse - hopefully, for better - the older generation is peeling back, making way for the new one.

    June 3, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Cynthia

    Hope that he is okay.

    June 3, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Terry from Illinois

    Hang in there Sen. Byrd I'm thinking of you and sending lots of prayers your way. And thank you for giving of your self all these years!

    June 3, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Josh

    Although I do not agree with his endorsement of Sen. Obama, I hope and pray that Byrd and his family are doing well!

    June 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. AlexNYC

    IN 2002 Senator Robert Byrd was the most outspoken critic regarding the US going into a preemptive war with Iraq, and voted against the resolution. Even at age 90 the man still has important work to do, and I wish him a full and speedy recovery.

    June 3, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. NJ Republican

    Nobody wants to go to the hospital, and for Mr. Byrd and his family I wish only a speedy recovery....

    But come on, this guy is 20yrs older that McCain!!!!! And Barack Obama's campaign is questioning the age of McCain. Get real....Obama will take his support though....real change I guess Obama in the politics in Washington.

    June 3, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. ClintonSpinsHerDonors

    Get well we need all democratic leaders we can get. We need to defeate republicans (false Christians) we can not afford to have any republican serving our country.

    June 3, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Foreign observer

    Nobody gets fitter when getting older. Only Mc Cain believes different.

    June 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. LT

    We pray for you to get well quickly Sen. Byrd. We need you in Senat. We love you, Sir.

    June 3, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Venus

    Get well soon! Our prayers are with you!

    June 3, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Saad from NJ

    Hats off to him for being a serving senator @ 90 but he should retire. For his own sake, if not for the country and the people who love him.

    June 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. S.M

    Why are people so surprised by what the Vice President of the United States says? He is just showing his true colors; and that is pure ignorance, stupidity and lack of respect for others. Surely, he can't talk about anyone when he was the one who got four deferments to keep from serving in the war. This is just a sign of someone who is a coward and would prefer to hide behind the skirts and pants of those who are putting their lives on the line for he and Bush's selfish deeds. Ignorant is as ignorant does!

    June 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. He has caretakers

    And yet democrats elect him to be the caretaker of America. Now that, is out of touch.

    June 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Mary in CT

    ....but a 72 year old President is too old!?!?!

    June 3, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Veterans for Obama

    Did Cheney anger him that much?

    June 3, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Charlotte

    Sen. Byrd needs to retire, now!

    June 3, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    may you be well.

    June 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    Get well Senator Byrd. I hope it's nothing serious and that you will have many more years left to contribute to this country and also so that you can hug the first black president. You are one of Senator Obama's supporters that should be around when he takes the office, because your heart is good and your soul belongs to God and you have resolved the issues of your youth.

    God has forgiven you and blesses you.

    June 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Jim

    Our paryers are with you Senator Byrd!

    June 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Sue

    Sen Byrd has served our country well but is ailing and aged. He needs to retire. His intentions are good but he needs to step aside.

    June 3, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. akamoke

    Get well soon

    June 3, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    How old and senile do you have to be to be told your not fit to be operating as a legislator?

    June 3, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. proud army and navy mom

    this probably happened because of Cheney's "joke". the senator was irate about it.

    west virginia, aren't you proud?
    some of you voted for hillary because of race.
    you put bush in the whitehouse so he could get our troops killed, and raise the price of oil and food. now Cheney lets you see what they really think about you all. Are you having fun yet?

    June 3, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Larz

    too bad!we need him so much right now!!i hope his back in a few days!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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