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.”



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.


,”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.”