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. Pam

    Probably got a cramp from counting her money.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Fort Lauderdale

    A hospital for carpal tunnel? Give me a break. What a primadonna. I am voting for McCain anyway of Obama does not pick Clinton as his VP.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Brian, Pittsburgh

    A handshake sent her to the hospital? And she's the YOUNGER McCain!!

    I hope she's feeling better soon.

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

    ...wow. seems like a bit much, but whatever. hope she's fine.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Gene

    I hate hearing that anyone gets physically hurt on a campaign... but... this woman is pretty fragile to go to the hospital after a handshake.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Vincent

    I wonder if it was Carol.

    Seriously, I hope Cindy well.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Wisest one of All

    I hope First Lady McCain is OK!! I am just glad that we will have her as First Lady instead of Michelle "I am ashamed to be an American" Nobama!

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It's a shame that with all of the terrible news from overseas about Georgia, the media chooses to print a story about Cindy McCains hand getting hurt! It's hardly time to call 911 about a slight hand injury. I'm sure that if it had been Michelle Obama getting slightly injured, not much would have been written about it. The media really needs to get a handle on what's important and what's not. It's like they're trying to match the coverage on McCain with what they did on Obama. Who's the celebrity now........huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter in Raleigh

    I am not a fan of the McCain's by any measure of the imaginaiton; but, as a suffer of a carpal tunner condition, I wish Mrs. McCain relief from her pain. She likes ot look elegant all of the time. It is not worth the pain. She needs to wear a wrist splint especially when shaking hands.

    I often see females at grocery stores who are in the process of developing carpal tunnel conditins. I advise them to wear wrist splints to protect themselves. Repetitive motion in the wrist area can result in pain beyond belief including migraine headaches.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Mccain will probably dump her now.

    He cheated on his first wife when she got injured.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. elguapo

    "Ouch, my hand hurts. I need pain pills, lots and lots of pain pills"

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Mark Wagner

    Hopefully they pain isn't too high to where they'd be forced to prescribe pain medicine again. Would hate to see her get addicted again.

    Best wishes.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. JB in NJ

    This is "Breaking News" from CNN?????
    You people print such copious amounts of non-news it is pathetic.

    Cindy, watch the pain medication this time.

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

    Next thing we will hear about is that she had too much botox and her face cracked...

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. KSH

    I never knew a person could be so fragile! I can see the jokes on late night already! LOL!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. get a life

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa That has made my day. Poor little thing hurt her little hand. HAHAHAHA Just what Detroit needs. Another headline grabbing druggie who hurt her little hand. Hope she has good insurance.

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. ARB

    I WENT TO THE BATHROOM A FEW MINUTES AGO......IS THAT CONSIDERED NEWS-WORTHY?

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. John in Mlps.

    Carpal tunnel is no laughing matter guys. Weither you like Cindy or not, give her a break when writing your comments.

    On the other hand, this could be a good segway into the healthcare issue.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. David Peter

    Yeah, and maybe swipe some pill bottles while you're there.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. jen

    They might not want to give her pain pills with her past and all.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. SAME OLD STUFF

    A SPRAINED HAND IS NEWS. PEOPLE ARE DYING IN GEORGIA AND THIS IS SOMEHOW NEWS.

    SHE JUST NEEDS A LITTLE BIT OG DRUGS. SHE WILL BE FINE.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. LOIS

    The wives should be more careful.
    Their husbands can manage the handshakes. We have some powerful supporters on both sides who will not be thinking how they are strongly shaking the women hands.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. sherry for Obama

    Why would she even have carpal tunnel damage , she has never worked a day in her life?

    Oh yea I forgot....When you ring the bell for a servant that is a repeative motion.......My bad.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Shrill for Hill

    Cindy McPain to the doctors: "Hey, how about some pain killers? Maybe about 500 pills or so..."

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Elizabeth

    I AM SORRY, BUT I DO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPATHY FOR THE McCAIN'S. THEIR STORY IS THE SAME AS THE JOHN EDWARDS STORY. McCAIN COULD NOT BE BOTHERED WITH A SICK WIFE AND STARTED CAROUSING WITH CINDY – WHO I THINK IS SCARY. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT PAIR NEVER REACH THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THEIR LOW MORALITY, ETC. GOD HELP OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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