August 13th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
6 years ago

Cindy McCain suffers injury on the campaign trail

Watch the McCains discuss the injury at a press conference Wednesday.

Watch the McCains discuss the injury at a press conference Wednesday.

(CNN) - Cindy McCain visited a Michigan hospital after a campaign event Wednesday, complaining of pain in her hand.

"At some point during the rope line an enthusiastic supporter shook Mrs. McCain’s hand and exacerbated an existing carpal tunnel condition,” said spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker. “Out of an abundance of caution, she decided to leave the event and visit the local hospital for x-rays where she was treated for a minor sprain."

UPDATE: The campaign reports that Cindy McCain will return to active campaigning on Thursday.

Cindy McCain, who has a brace on her right arm, told reporters she was "fine." Her husband said Wednesday afternoon that someone shook her hand "too vigorously."


Filed under: Cindy McCain • John McCain
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Love the caption under the picture: "Cindy McCain has received x-rays."

    As if we aren't all human? I've had x-rays before! Cindy McCain is not immortal... and neither is her husband. Why is this news?

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    ALF
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions
    His latest wife who injured herself SHAKING HANDS!!!

    Vote for a presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history!

    McCain was a traitor in Vietnam!!

    His foreign policies are based on Wikipedia!!

    Ask Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft how valuable experience is!!

    Get off my lawn!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. J in PA

    Oh for the love of god, a man gets shot in arkansas and this story gets top billing. Go take some advil for your arthritis old lady.

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Just have your plastic surgeon make another one.

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. stephanie (chattanooga TN

    that is crazy!!!!! Now what if Michelle was to do that she would get slaughtered.. NAAA!!!! I take that back she would probally get flooded with get well cards. "Sorry Cindy" you probally will not get one card. And anyway I dont see a- lot of people at those town hall meetings rushing to shake her hand, unlike the stadium crowd that Michelle and Obama fill each time they come to town. Well Michelle be careful "its dangerous out there" Cindy ( get real)

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Jozee

    Poor, little Cindy. I guess she needs to be cushioned in bubble-wrap before John allows her to go on the campaign trail again.

    She's too fragile to be first lady and her husband is too old!

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    August 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Yasriel

    Who is the Elite? One who is not used to the hardship of life or one who walks barefooted on the beach?

    I am sure rethugs would have made a big deal out of this if it were M.O. They would accuse of being an elite for visiting doctors juat to complain about handshakes....

    Obama all the way

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Democrate is the only way

    what kind of news is this??

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Dilly

    Sounds just like the kind of thing we hear from "med seekers" at the ER. What pain meds did she get. Is she even still in an Narcotics Anonomous Group following her addiction to narcotics and theft of them from the charity organization? She wouldn't be the first politician's wife to start using during a chanpaign. Take care Cindy-go to a meeting.

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. McCain=McSame, Toledo, Ohio

    Oh pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee she is to fragile to handle a handshake what makes them think she can handle being first lady?

    Michelle is tough!

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. just bob

    I'll bet she can't wait to get her hands on some of the really good pain killers.

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Steve - Wyoming

    If I recall correctly, wasn't McCain one of the politicians trying to change work comp rules in the 90's to say that carpal tunnel is not a real affliction?

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Get well, Cindy. Drink milk or whatever it is in your diet that helps carpal tunnel syndrome.

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Ok.....

    Nothing against but come on! My left index finger is killing me after typing this comment and where the hell is my media coverage?

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. The One and Only

    ....BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHahAHAHahahahahahahAHAHAHA*wheeze*HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    Use your millions to fix your hand, and your hypochondria. Then release your taxes.

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Nonsense

    In the real world, it would have taken an normal person 2 months to get an appointment into the hospital. Another case of privelege at it's best.

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Abby

    And how does a women who never worked a day in her life get carpal tunnel?

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. thomas b

    I heard she b-slapped John McSame.
    That's how she hurt her hand.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. DR. YES

    try viagra next time

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. JK

    Its nice to know you can go to the hosptial for non sense while 50 million Americans have to pray at night nothing happens to them. A BIG Thank You to the McCain's for selling America out!

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Texas trail puppy

    Cindy as much as i can't stand that Old Goat of your husband JM, i appreciate your work and contributions to the less fortunate. Wish you well and hope you are Ok.
    Obama '08

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. kasiasue

    She's a bit up there in age too - not as "up there" as John is, however. The supporters of McCain need to keep in mind to treat the elderly and frail gently. Thanks Cindy, for the reminder on the age/health issue in the campaign.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Glad it wasn't worse.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. CW4Barack

    McCain's been hitting Cindy....we all know it....Mr. McWarmonger is a wife beater!!

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. VOTE Democrat

    Cindy is weak- I have carpal tunnel very badly and she can not handle a hand shake...that she have to go a hospital.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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