Johnson Will Run for Reelection

By Ed O'Keefe

Aug 28, 2007 1:18pm

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff Reports: Senator Tim Johnson, the South Dakota Democrat who suffered a near fatal brain hemorrhage last December, will seek reelection in 2008.

In his first television interview since his brush with death, Johnson will discuss his road to recovery and impending return to the Senate with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff on ABC News "World News with Charles Gibson" at 6:30pm ET and then on "Nightline" at 11:35pm ET.

"I think the Johnson family understood that they were talking to someone who had been through a similar experience." Woodruff said of the exclusive interview.

"They had read my book and knew that my family faced similar struggles, not knowing if I would survive. In this case the Johnson family truly didn’t know if their husband and father would survive. The common bond of situational understanding helped make them comfortable talking to me, and I am glad I can bring our audience their story."

Woodruff, who also is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, has joined the Senator in South Dakota prior to his first public event since the injury.  Woodruff also conducted a series of interviews with Johnson during his rehabilitation.  Throughout, Senator Johnson talks candidly with Mr. Woodruff about his daily struggles and his determination not only to return to the Senate next week, but to seek re-election in 2008. 

You can see pictures of the Senator’s road to recovery by clicking here

And watch Bob Woodruff’s EXCLUSIVE "Nightline" interview with Senator Tim Johnson on Tuesday, August 28, 2007.

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