December 20th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani spends night in hospital

Rudy Giuliani's plane returned to the airport when his condition worsened after takeoff.

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will check out of a St. Louis hospital Thursday after he was admitted overnight for flu-like symptoms, his spokeswoman Katie Levinson said.

"After precautionary tests the doctors found nothing of concern at this time, and Rudy will be going back to New York later today," Comella said. "He is in high spirits and is grateful to the doctors and nurses who checked him out."

Giuliani - who had been campaigning in Missouri on Wednesday for the February 5 Republican primary - became ill and then felt worse after his plane took off to return to New York.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Oh! I thought the article was going to be about Giuliani spending time in a MENTAL Hospital, because he's such a nutjob.

    December 20, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Matt, Chicago

    That's nice he can afford that preventative measure. I dont think he has the sweet govt. insurance anymore.
    Paying overnight for the flu?
    Maybe it's all the speaking and consulting fees he has reaped as a result of the worst attack in our nation's history.
    Maybe this would be a good time for him to hurl some more false stats about our health care system. To the country's biggest fraud – hope you're feeling better pal.

    December 20, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Scott from Freehold

    What a whimp! Be like the majority of the people in the country when you have a nasty cold, Rudy, and tough it out.

    December 20, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Giuliani should make us sick every time we see or listen to him. Good thing I have insurance, unlike many of my fellow Americans. Another politician who wants to enjoy many perks that so many Americans go without. Bodyguards for his mistress soon to be wife is another. Just another hypocrite amongst many who occupy public office these days... It would be funny if it wasn't such a cruel joke. At least he has insurance to go to the doctor when he gets the sniffels, unlike the cancer patients going without coverage. Isn't "Rudy" against any kind of "social" health care. His kind do not care about anybody but themselves and their cronies.

    December 20, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Cynthia McKinney just announced her candidacy and CNN posts Rudy's trip to the doctor for flu as its front piece??

    December 20, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    The doctors examined Rudy's head, and found nothing....

    December 20, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Jeff, Plainfield, IL

    You're welcome, Rudy, for the free health insurance.

    (note: I'm not a NYer, just speaking for those who are)

    December 20, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Ajay Jain

    Rudy's lead reduced to 20 points and hospitalization. He is finished as potential nominee. Republican field is wide open. Go Hillary go 08!

    December 20, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Tim, Atlanta GA

    He is lucky he has health insurance and can afford to go to hospital at the first sign of a sickness.

    December 20, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Jon B Olathe KS

    Its called Karma...

    He spoke in Columbia, MO and from what I have been told he said

    "We will win the war in Iraq and continue into Iran & Syria."

    Way to go Rudy! At least all GW wants to do is attack Iran...

    December 20, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Andrew, Nj

    so the news is....Rudy has a cold? Who goes to a hospital for a cold?

    December 20, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. james, newport, ky


    December 20, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. George, SC

    It's nice to get to spend an overnight in the hospital for just flu like symptons.

    Any other person probably would've stayed home and gotten over it or gone to the hospital, waited for hours in the ER and then told to go home and get over it. But not Rudy!

    I guess he's more important then the rest of us. Especially those who wouldn't even think of going to the hospital because they don't have health insurance.

    Hey Rudy, you still for not covering those who don't have the privilage that you do?

    December 20, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Health care is not a right, George.

    Get a job and get insurance like the rest of working America.

    You can, of course, pack your bags and move to Canada or Europe where they have tax payer funded socialist health care. But you'd probably whine about the long wait and still be a miserable person.

    December 20, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Dee, Plano Texas

    And tough guy Giuliani checks into the hospital for a cold. Well, HE'S lucky he has health care insurance.

    December 20, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. PW Va

    From feigned weeping (Romney) to questionable illness (Giuliani) - is there any level the republicans won't stoop to become their party's candidate???

    December 20, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Jeff, Dallas TX

    The healthcare system has been good to Rudy. You know, the dreaded "government-paid, commie, red-scare" type.
    Good thing he is working to make sure none of us have to suffer through the system that he has enjoyed so much.

    December 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. John Q. Public, USA

    Is this really a news ticker type story, or just the Clinton News Network hoping for his health to take a turn?

    December 20, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. nostraboris

    I knew it! A comb-over is a sign of a weakness. Larry David is right. This wuss is running as a tough guy.

    December 20, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Rudy, Your too crooked, give it up

    Too bad it wasn't terminal. Would have saved the American citizens the trouble of telling this guy he has no business being president.

    December 20, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Matt, Reading PA

    wa wa wa george.. of course he's better than you, hes running for president of the united states!! i'd say his schedule is a little bit tighter than yours at the moment and doesn't need to be possibly bed ridden so close to the election.. quit your whining..

    December 20, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    I wonder how much the hospital billed him? or does he have a nice HMO? either way I'm sure he is covered right? nice to see public officials with nice health care plans...

    December 20, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Very nice, George... badmouthing someone who's ill. Actually, there are plenty of people who go to the hospital, without health insurance, for lesser illnesses than the flu, all at taxpayer expense. You are right, though, health insurance is a privilege, but it's not exclusive. If more people would get an education, work hard to be successful at a good job, and use their money wisely then it's not out of reach. Please, let's stop demonizing people for being successful in life.

    December 20, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Sensored, USA

    Only one comment? I expect most comments here were negative and heavily edited. Mine was.

    December 20, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Cammie, Baltimore, MD

    These comments are just a bunch of hate. People who have nothing but hate, have nothing. Either that, or all these posts are from children that don't know any better.

    December 20, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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