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

Byrd hospitalized for infection

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. Imarriedmy sister in Texas

    I hope this great man lives to be a hundred.

    May 18, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. gt

    do you really believe he has the cognative skills to do this job ? since 1958 come on...................

    May 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Ben

    The man needs to go. He's a relic.

    May 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Marge

    I hope Senator Byrd pulls thru and regains his health. I am a democrat, but I think this man is too old to serve. Not that he does not have presence of mind, but at that age there are many illness etc. He should resign and let the state of WVA elect another senator, or have the governor appoint one, whichever is the law in West Virginia. And don't say anything about the age thing, ( am 76 years old and I think he is TOO OLD TO SERVE.

    May 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. SR

    Well at least this story isn't about the latest twist in the Bristol Palin saga. At least it has something to do with politics.

    May 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Idiot_Peolosi


    I wish the man well, but there is no excuse for him still being in the Senate.

    I don't blame the man, I blame to fools who vote him back in office.

    I mean, even if it is another DUMOcrat, you can't find someone else with his or her total senses?

    May 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. ancient river

    I guess none of you remember how this man stood up in congress and defended the comstitution just 8 years ago, agruing very eloquently against our invovlvement in Iraq and pleading with congress not to hand over the power to declare war over to Bush. Some people get better with age. This is a man who stands up for his convictions against hysteria and general foolishness. Get well soon, Sen. Byrd. We still need you. No wonder his state loves him.

    May 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Jayden,FL

    With all do respect I think its time to retire Mr Byrd

    May 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. KC

    .....and everyone called McCain old.

    May 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Jennifer NY

    Dear Senator Byrd: I pray for your speedy recovery. You are one of our most valuable people in the Senate/Congress.

    May 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    Get well soon. We need you BLUE donkey to get rid of the GREY mice in the kitchen.

    May 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Tina

    Get well soon!!!

    May 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    If the voters want him and he is still alert what the heck is your problem? Vote him out if he is not doing his job but the people in WV seem to still want him. Unless you vote there it is not your concern.
    Term limits can force us to get rid of some good people. Let the voters have their say .

    May 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. r springer

    The arguments here for term limits are right but for the wrong reason. It is certainly at the heart of our system that if the people of a state want to keep reelecting a person that is their right. The very bad consequence of this, however, and a consequence of national and not state significance, is that Congress then grants those with seniority huge power through committee chairs. These individuals then preside, sometimes for decades, over major portions of our government like a small personal fiefdom. That is wrong and leads to constant and flagrant abuse. That is the argument for term limits.

    May 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Jennifer NY

    The man is a walking, talking wealth of Constitutional Law as well as Senate rules. I'd take Senator Byrd anyday rather than the 'knuckle-dragging nazis" mentioned by MMFPhoenix.

    May 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Lance Coardill

    It's time for Byrd to retire. I wonder if he'd let an African American resident physician treat him, given his history.

    May 18, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Jedi

    Is it just me or does this guy REALLY REALLY look like Senator Palpatine?

    May 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. RanMan

    I was hoping he would join his comrade Kennedy and we would be rid of these people who have literally gotten away with murder in their past but got away with it because they are Demoncrats. Bunch of sheep that keep voting these people back in time after time after time...Its sickening... Tells a lot about the people they represent. IMO.

    May 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    Looks like those calling for "term limits" need to be reminded and often – that those are called "elections" – as in letting the people decide by voting! Check the Constitution!

    Posting "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...."

    My only question is why the people of WV would want a Republican? Anyone whining about "socialism" just makes it obvious that Rush & Faux News does their thinking for them ....

    May 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Babz in Michigan

    I'm all in favor of being able to work later in life than 65 or 70. I am also not very young. But why is this gentleman still working? Sad that in West Virginia there is no one else to vote for! Sheesh...

    May 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. The Party of NO stood by calmly as the shrub raped and pillaged America, why should we listen to you now?

    To all of you screaming "term limits", we have them, it is called the voting booth.

    If Byrd's constituancy wants to elect a 91 year old to Congress that is their Constitutional right, if they want a younger representative they will vote for him/her.

    It should be no concern of yours who they vote for! You only need to worry about YOUR representative.

    May 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Pete

    Good luck with term'd have to pass an Amendment to the Constitution, and that's not going to happen.

    May 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Joanna

    Hey ... what you all are forgetting is this long as he is 'working' he isn't collecting retirement pay for doing nothing. Oh wait ... he doesn't do any thing anyway.

    May 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. mike

    Byrd has not been a factor for this state for 20 years
    I wish him well in his retirement.

    May 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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