Kennedy taken out on stretcher from luncheon after experiencing convulsions.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was taken away from a celebratory congressional luncheon this afternoon after experiencing convulsions. Sen. John Kerry said Kennedy “had a seizure and he’s gone to the hospital.” President Obama told the gathering that Kennedy “was there when the voting rights act passed, along with John Lewis, was a warrior for justice. And so I would be lying to you if I did not say that right now a part of me is with him,” he added. “And I think that’s true for all of us. This is a joyous time. But it’s also a sobering time. And my prayers are with him and his family and (Kennedy’s wife) Vicki.”

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NBC reports that Orrin Hatch told reporters briefly that he and John Kerry went to the ambulance with Kennedy and that he looked better there. “It was a difficult thing,” Hatch said. “It looked to me like he was going to be OK” when he was with Kennedy at the ambulance.

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,”He seemed to be going into a kind of seizure,” former Vice President Walter Mondale told ABC. “I’m told he’s doing much better now. He seemed to be in great difficulty for a brief period.”