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Harry Reid Says Bob Dole Is ‘Infirm,’ Aide Says He’s Fine

WASHINGTON - APRIL 12: Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) speaks during an event at the World War II Memorial April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. Vice President Joseph Biden was joined by Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar and others to dedicate a plaque for Dole's, a World War II veteran, involvement in building the memorial. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bob Dole
Bob Dole. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/2011 Getty Images

On Tuesday Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor that Bob Dole had been hospitalized, saying he was “at Walter Reed not for a checkup … He is there because he is infirm. He is sick.” Reid’s language led many to believe Dole is in grave condition, particularly because he went on to say Dole “had all the qualities of a leader that I admire and certainly would wish I had.” However, an aide says the 89-year-old former presidential candidate is undergoing a “routine procedure” and should be discharged tomorrow. Earlier, John McCain read from an e-mail Dole sent to all senators on Monday urging them to pass the Convention of Persons with Disabilities, a U.N. treaty on rights for the disabled. The aide said Dole is currently “doing well and watching the CRPD debate on CSPAN 2.”

Reid Says Dole Is ‘Infirm,’ Aide Says He’s Fine