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Senator Tillis 'fine' after collapse at race

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 00:39

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said in a video message from his hospital bed that he was doing well after getting overheated and collapsing during a three-mile charitable race in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said in a video message from his hospital bed that he was doing well after getting overheated and collapsing during a three-mile charitable race in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning. Tillis, a Republican, was participating in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race. He said he overheated after running about 2 1/2 miles. "I'm fine," he said in the video message posted on Twitter. Some media outlets reported that the 56-year-old had fallen unconscious and that bystanders performed CPR before he was taken away in an ambulance. Tillis said that was not the case. "No CPR, no special measures," he said. "Just checking me out. See you back on the Hill." Fellow politicians, including Republican senators Marco Rubio of Florida and James Lankford of Oklahoma, had sent get well wishes to Tillis and his family on social media. "Please pray for my Senate colleague," Rubio wrote on Twitter. Tillis, who previously was speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, unseated Democrat Kay Hagan in the 2014 U.S. Senate elections.

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Senator Tillis 'fine' after collapse at race

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 00:39