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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., efficiently carried out the Heimlich maneuver on fellow Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa as she choked at a Senate luncheon Thursday.
In a submit on X (previously Twitter), Ernst confirmed the incident, as she thanked Paul for his actions, whereas additionally taking a jab at Democrats.
“Can not help however choke on the woke insurance policies Dems are forcing down our throats,” Ernst mentioned on X, quoting an earlier submit from a reporter in regards to the incident.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham instructed reporters he appreciated Paul’s life-saving actions.
“God bless Rand Paul,” the Republican mentioned, in keeping with a Washington Submit reporter’s submit on X. “I by no means thought I would say that.”
Ernst, who has served within the Senate since 2015, was internet hosting the closed-door luncheon. A special senator hosts the Thursday Senate Republican lunch every week, showcasing meals from their residence state.
Those that attended this week’s luncheon had been served pork chops and ribeye steak, as Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa posted an image of the meal to X.
“Yummm an Iowa chop from Sen Ernst & the Iowa Cattlemen’s Affiliation for lunch,” Grassley mentioned.
Paul is a medical physician, whose focus is ophthalmology.
The 60-year-old senator graduated from Duke Medical Faculty in 1988 and later began an ophthalmology apply in Bowling Inexperienced, Ky., in 1993, in keeping with his web site. He additionally based the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, a company that gives eye exams and surgical procedure to low-income households and people.
Ernst was not the primary senator to have wanted the Heimlich at a Capitol Hill luncheon.
In 2018, Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri choked at a Senate lunch, main Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to carry out the Heimlich on her.
Manchin broke one in all McCaskill’s ribs within the course of.
“She might have choked to loss of life,” Manchin instructed CNN on the time. “And Claire, she’s more durable than nails.”