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. esblofeld

    To all the people clamoring for term limits, Byrd is actually still popular and respected among his colleagues. Both parties consult him regularly over Senate procedure and protocols; he can still recite all of them verbatim, so I'd hardly call him senile.

    May 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. reo

    who cares

    May 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Turnabout is Fair Play

    waitingliberalizationbyCNN May 18th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

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

    You're kidding right maggot? Sounds like your whining republican @sswipes who can't get over the fact they lost power. Toooo bad fool.

    May 18, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. JA/TN

    reminds me of the supreme court justices, being appointed for life, well seventy five should be the cutoff age, for all so-call public service, polictical or whatever, most policticans etc, think no one else can do the job, may if the seventy plus club would go home write a book, feed the homeless be advisors, the employment situation would improve

    May 18, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Eric

    I too am a democrat but if he died tomorrow I would not shed a tear. Once a racist always a racist!

    May 18, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. d1120

    WAAYYY TOO OLD to be still there....his constituents are babbling idiots, just like him.

    May 18, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Claudia in Houson

    With all due respect to Senator Byrd, it's way past time for him to step down. Term limits need to be put in place instead of warm bodies.

    May 18, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Bob

    It is funny how many people are calling for this Statesman to retire. First,of all it is the his and the people of West Virginia to decide when he is done.

    Second, where were all of you right wingers when Strom Thurmond was serving until he was a 100????

    May 18, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. munchmom

    Why are we just now hearing about this??? Hope he doesn't have swine flu or the whole Congress will be knocked on its collective butt...oh wait, they are already there...doing nothing!

    May 18, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Rob

    Whether you live in West Virginia or not, this ego-driven over-the-hill relic has been wasting YOUR tax dollars for decades. The voters of West Virginia naturally enjoy being lavished with money from the other 49 states, so they keep this geezer in office.

    And, nothing partisan about this ... Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) didn't leave the Senate until after his 100th birthday. Until we have term limits on members of Congress, very little will change in Washington. Get well, Senator Byrd ... and then, get lost.

    May 18, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Steve,NY

    I wish Sen Byrd a quick recovery.
    He does look very frail in person on TV. Being 91 and a senator of this great country, obviously is not a high stress job.
    To solve this problem the lawmakers should pass either term limits in Congress or make the job more performance oriented, "put their feet to the fire". Another good example is Ted Kennedy, he should take medical leave. The working people have to do it, why can't the Senator do it. You don't see this kind of stuff in the corporate world.
    Obviously when you're sick or frail at 91, you're not productive. They should make room for the younger people.

    May 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Chris Knauer

    He needs to retire! When will term limits be put in place?

    May 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Ruty

    I think there should be an age limit to be a senator , congressmen or what ever the job in Washington is. Time to move on–go home–enjoy life out of the limelight and give younger people the job. I dont think someone 91 is capable of making decisions that impack millions of people.

    May 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Barry

    Senator Byrd has served his state and the country with dignity and effectiveness.

    As an aside, term limits are a complete cop-out for people who do not have the sense to vote for people – rather than slogans or advertisements. California has thrown a number of competent and hard working people out of office because they were too lazy to cast intelligent votes. The successors were inexperienced and, by and large, run by lobbyists. Do you really want unelected people with bags of money running government?

    May 18, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. CC

    This is truly a waste of human being. This guy is the PORK CZAR to keep his state running. This is the benchmark for term limits, I find it amazing that Congress is smart enough to impose term limits on the Prez but not for them. I believe that is the problem with this country and the old timers not getting with the program of change. I would like to see the Legislative and Judicial Branches have mandatory term limits. Heck, half of the Supreme Court age averages 140 years, my GOD, let them retire and kick in peace!!!!!

    May 18, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. herome

    If the people of West Virginia had wanted his terms limited they would have given him no choice!

    May 18, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Ryan

    God Bless Senator Byrd and I wish him a quick recovering!

    May 18, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Dan

    I have to admit, when I see or hear Byrd speak, the theme song to Deliverance begins ringing in my ears.

    May 18, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Sandra Alderman

    I, for one, totally agree with scott stodden, thank you Sen. Byrd!

    May 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. JAE

    Byrd's older than dirt, Geez, I was 2 years old when the old fossil was elected (unfortunately) to the Senate.

    ******************* TERM LIMITS. ******************

    May 18, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. MT


    Put up or shut up..... coming from anyone from Florida is funny. Is FL the next poster state for bailout money.

    Has your state figured out how to work the voting machines yet?

    May 18, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Dave

    Please, the man is the king of pork and a posterboy for term limits. And he is no friend to the Constitution. He and the state's other senator, Rockefeller, is enough to make one cringe.

    May 18, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. The Unshrub

    The people of West Virginia have every 6 years to decided if they wanted to imposs term limits. So far they have decided they like Byrd enough to reelect him. Sad for some, but the majority gets their way.

    May 18, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Mike

    Byrd is a racist pork-barrel loving guy. BUT, he tried to warn congress to NOT go to war with Iraq for no reason. For that reason alone I respect him. If more people had listened to him, we wouldn't be in this mess in Iraq.

    Oh, and you republicans who disagree with me, think about this: if congress HAD listened to Byrd, you might not have lost all of those elections...

    May 18, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    I firmly expect that the Democrate tree huggers in here that are claiming that Byrd should remain and "that's what the voting booth is for" were the staunchest opponents of Senator Helms remaining in office. You see Dems you can't have your cake and eat it too. Blind liberals.

    May 18, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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