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Inouye 'fighting respiratory complications'

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:54 a.m. HST, Dec 17, 2012

WASHINGTON » A spokesman for Sen. Daniel Inouye says the Hawaii Democrat is stable but there is "no timetable" for his release from a Washington-area hospital.

The 88-year-old Inouye is the country's longest serving senator, now completing his 50th year in the chamber.

Spokesman Peter Boylan said Sunday the senator remains hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was taken earlier this month so doctors could observe him and monitor his oxygen intake.

Boylan says Inouye is "fighting respiratory complications" but is in stable condition and communicating with his doctors and family. Boylan adds: "At this time, there is no timetable for his release."

Inouye is a decorated World War II veteran and has long been a force in Hawaii politics. He serves as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and is the Senate's president pro tempore, third in the presidential line of succession.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
This does not sound good. Hoping for the best, Senator Inouye.
on December 17,2012 | 06:12AM
1local wrote:
Dan has done a lot for Hawaii. time for Dan to get well and enjoy life. Someone needs to carry on Dan's work...
on December 17,2012 | 07:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Best wishes and regards and hopes for a recovery.

I get sense that there is much going on right now behind the scenes planning successor and jockeying for position, both within the Hawaii Dem Party and on the national scale, too. Hopefully this will be wasted effort.

on December 17,2012 | 07:22AM
LanaUlulani wrote:
Even though Senator Inouye declared war on Hawaiians thus on Hawaiian children, I hope he gets better soon.
on December 17,2012 | 07:37AM
cojef wrote:
Not a democrat, but do wish him s speedy recovery.
on December 17,2012 | 09:00AM
false wrote:
Senator Dan get well. Many prayers are with you and your family.
on December 17,2012 | 09:53AM
Anonymous wrote:
It is time for Dan Inouye to step down from his post in the Senate, he has served Hawaii greatly but now is doing the State a disservice in staying in office! Hawaii does not need a martyr senator, we need decent representation in Congress; it is past time to bring Dan home and start the process to elect new blood to the office!
on December 17,2012 | 10:48AM
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