At a recent senators luncheon on Capitol Hill, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) found herself in a scary situation when, to the horror of those around her, she began choking during the event.
Acting quickly to rescue his fellow member of Congress, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a trained ophthalmologist, quickly stepped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver, potentially saving Ernst’s life.
Senators in attendance, not all of whom actually witnessed the incident, gave their commentary on Paul’s heroic efforts, with unanimous approval of the senator’s quick response to the surprise emergency situation.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called Paul a “hero,” noting his unique blend of medical skills and economic knowledge: “Not all senators can quote Mises and Hayek — while saving lives.” And Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who stated he did not witness the incident, recalled, “We’ve had that happen one other time to one of our members,” adding, “It’s kind of scary.”
Paul’s actions even earned him praise from some very unlikely colleagues. Despite a long history of heated disagreement and fundamental differences in their approach to government, even political rival and unpopular RINO Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave praise to the hero of the hour, joking, “God bless Rand Paul. I never thought I would say that.”
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) November 30, 2023
Paul, who completed his ophthalmology specialization at Duke University Medical School and later opened the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, has an extensive history in the medical field; so, it should come as no surprise that, of all those at the luncheon, he was the first to act.
An outspoken senator known for his intelligent questioning and clear thinking, Paul has shown himself to be an exceptionally competent senator, proving his economic and political astuteness throughout his tenure in Washington, D.C. And this incident at the senators luncheon shows that, despite his time out of practice, the Kentucky senator remains strongly capable in his original field of practicing medicine, as well — at a time when American government desperately needs a doctor.
JUST IN: Senator Rand Paul reportedly saved Senator Joni Ernst's life today by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her during lunch.
Paul jumped into action after he noticed that 53-year old Ernst was choking.
Ernst confirmed the incident on X and thanked Paul: "Can’t… pic.twitter.com/Vipw3EllZn
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 30, 2023