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Aide: Byrd Left Hill Lunch When Kennedy Stricken

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd's office says the 91-year West Virginian decided to leave an Inauguration Luncheon after Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was stricken, but not because of any medical problem of his own.

Spokesman Mark Ferrell said that Byrd was sitting at the Capitol Luncheon with Sen. Kennedy when the Massachusetts Senator took sick.

Ferrell said, "Sen. Byrd did not have a medical issue - he is just fine."

Ferrell added: "Sen. Byrd made the decision to leave the luncheon once Sen. Kennedy was being taken from the room by medical personnel. Sen. Byrd is currently in his own office in the Senate Hart Building and is doing fine, though remains very concerned about his close friend Ted Kennedy."

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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