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McCain Tweets Encouragement Moments After Petraeus Faints

After Gen. David Petraeus recovered from reportedly passed out during a committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. John McCain was one of the first to tweet about the incident, expressing his relief that Petraeus seemed okay.

According to Fox News, McCain was talking with Petraeus during the hearing when the general slumped over on his desk.  He recovered and left the room on his own power. 

You can see the concern on McCain’s face in the video here around the 18:40 mark. The general slumped over at 10:23 a.m. and the hearing was eventually suspended.

ABC reported that Chairman Carl Levin told reporters Petraeus was eating and starting to feel better. Petraeus returned to the room, but Levin postponed the rest of the hearing till tomorrow.

McCain took to twitter at 10:50 a.m., saying: I’m glad General Petraeus is ok! You can actually see on the CSPAN video that McCain is handed what looks like an iPhone around 10:48 a.m. He takes a call, and then Petraeus enters the room and talks with McCain about the time the tweet goes out.

McCain’s office confirmed that the tweet came from the senator himself.

McCain was criticized by the Obama campaign during the 2008 elections for not being able to keep up with the times, especially technologically.

McCain talked to Bloomberg News in April about his tweeting habits: “A lot of times I sit there with my communications person because she’s so much faster than I am…But I do scan it all the time and compose tweets.”


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