May 18th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
6 years ago

Byrd hospitalized for infection

West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized last week.
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was hospitalized late last week for a temperature spike caused by an infection, according to a statement released by Byrd's office Monday.

Byrd, a 91-year-old Democrat, entered the hospital last Friday afternoon as precautionary measure. He is "being treated with antibiotics, responding well, and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days," according to the statement.

Byrd was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958.


Filed under: Robert Byrd
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. No More Incumbents

    Another walking billboard for term limits.....

    May 18, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Dave

    Term limits please!!!!

    May 18, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    " Byrd was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958 "

    Can you say TERM LIMITS?

    May 18, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat, but this guy has been office way too long.

    May 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. lovable liberal

    Hang in there, Sen. Byrd. The Constitution still needs you.

    May 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. scott stodden

    I sincerly hope Senator Robert Byrd is ok, he is such a wonderful person and we salute and honor him for his service to the Senate and everything he has done. I hope he gets better and gets back to the Senate in his own time, Senator Byrd you a true hero to American politics.

    May 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Chris

    A reason we need term limits. But too many people will not get off of their ideological views to vote representatives like this out. Too many people think the political party they belong to does not wrong and the opposing party does no right.

    This country needs a third party movement and people need to demand term limits for congress. We are losing our constituional rights more and more. Wake up people.

    May 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This senile idiot is the poster boy for term limits. Another typical Democrat, can't let go of power.

    May 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    What's he got? Byrd Flu?

    May 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. SENSIBLE MIKE

    i echo everyone else calling for term limits. While i hope the best for Senator Byrd and congratulate him on living to age 91 and counting does he really serve his constituency well at that age? Will it take the first 100+ year old in congress before they take that seriously? Congress is so great at deciding all of our livlihoods by destroying several industries (healthcare, auto industry, banking (by virtue of deregulation) but yet they keep their own thin skins long after the time they are viable.

    My only hope is that he steps down and a Republican takes his place so the socialist agenda of the democrats is stopped sooner rather than later.

    May 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Jon

    Yeah, +1 for TERM LIMITS.

    May 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Mental midgit from phoenix

    The people of West Virginia love Sen.Byrd and it is their choice to make,not the knuckle dragging Nazis Party on the right.

    May 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. joyces

    He may have caught the Swine Flu from all the hogs he hangs around with.

    May 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Alex in IL

    Instead of using his sickness as a reason for cheap political points, I am going to say I hope Senator Byrd gets well soon.

    May 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. ANGIE IN PA

    The time has come Senator to Retire get well!

    May 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Sure wish I had his health benefits.

    May 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. fella from Chicago

    The Senate is all this man has between Heaven and Earth. He knows that; once he steps down he has nothing else left since he's outlived retirement.

    May 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. KLK

    Ancient senators shouldn't be serving in a modern world.

    May 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Tom Eyemdaman

    I hope Sen Byrd has a speedy recovery.

    May 18, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Mario

    Time to retire.

    May 18, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    Count my vote for Term Limits.........at 91 I do wish Sen. Byrd well, but come on folks, at 91 he should be retied......this country needs Term Limits.

    May 18, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. stevie ray

    how long before the nutty left wing blames bush for this?

    May 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Laura, Keene NH

    Feel better Senator Byrd.

    May 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Jon

    A poster boy for term limits as well as the Ku Klux Klan. For those who don't know, Byrd was a recruiter for the KKK in the 50's. Of course, he's not a racist because he has a "D" next to his name. Gotta love Liberal logic

    May 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. BJs

    Well gee, term limits do exist – in the voting booth. If you don't want someone – vote 'em out. However, if you do not live in the state of West Virginia – butt out. Obviously people are happy with Senator Byrd's service so they kept voting him back in!

    May 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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