Cindy McCain Injures Wrist Shaking Hands

By Hope Ditto

Aug 13, 2008 5:46pm

ABC News’ Bret Hovell reports: The wrist of the wife of the presumptive Republican nominee for president was injured Wednesday, by what the campaign calls an “enthusiastic” supporter shaking her hand.

Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain, showed up in a sling and soft cast to a press conference Wednesday afternoon after making a precautionary trip to a hospital.

“I’m absolutely fine,” Cindy McCain said when asked by a reporter to describe her condition. “Just, we had a great luncheon fundraiser and I shook hands and it was a very enthusiastic supporter and it got me the wrong way. It’s – I’m absolutely great and this is a precautionary thing. So I’ll be fine.”

McCain opened his remarks to reporters with a description of what he called “Cindy’s new attire.”

“She has a minor sprain…and now will not have to shake so many hands,” McCain said.

As reporters were gathering for the press conference, shortly before 4 p.m. in Birmingham, MI, rumors started to fly that Mrs. McCain had been taken to a local hospital. Initially concern was great; soon word came that it was a simple wrist injury.

Cindy McCain suffered a stroke four years ago, the result of a problem with blood pressure. She told ABC News’s Kate Snow earlier this summer that she is fully recovered from that.

“But it’s also a good reminder for people to listen to your doctor and go have your blood pressure checked,” Mrs. McCain said at the time.

Today’s injury being very mild, Mrs. McCain is expected to continue campaigning with her husband tomorrow.

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