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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney will visit George Washington University Hospital on Wednesday after doctors discovered a recurrence of an abnormal heart rhythm, his spokeswoman said in a written statement.

Doctors discovered Wednesday that Cheney was "experiencing a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart," Megan Mitchell said.

He will undergo an outpatient procedure to restore his normal rhythm, she said.

Cheney canceled a Wednesday campaign event in Illinois for Marty Ozinga, a Republican nominee for a U.S. congressional seat.

The 67-year-old vice president has a history of heart ailments, including four heart attacks dating to 1978. He was briefly hospitalized in January 2006 after suffering shortness of breath.

and now....

(CNN) -- Nancy Reagan, wife of the late President Ronald Reagan, is hospitalized in California after suffering a broken pelvis, according to spokeswoman Joanne Drake.

Reagan, 87, is in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Drake said in a written statement Wednesday.

The former first lady fell last week at her home, Drake said, but admitted herself to the hospital only after experiencing "persistent pain." Tests revealed a fractured pelvis and sacrum -- the triangular bone within the pelvis.

Reagan will remain hospitalized for a few days until "doctors are satisfied with her progress," Drake said. Reagan's anticipated recovery time is six to eight weeks, including physical therapy and a modified schedule.

First Vice President Cheney is reported to have had more irregular heart beats, now Mrs Ronald Reagan falls and breaks her pelvis.

I don't mean to say these aren't REAL stories to be concerned about; but the thought occurred to me that TODAY of ALL DAYS?  The last Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

I sure hope both candidates make note of the health issues of these two people.

But I'm wondering if viewers will have a sudden twinge of sympathy for John McCain and his party --- OR --- will these two OLDER folks having these health issues actually serve to REMIND folks just how close Sarah Palin is to the Presidency?

What do you think?

Originally posted to coonsey on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:29 AM PDT.


Cheney and Nancy Reagan's Health Issues A Reminder of a Palin Presidency?

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