Petraeus OK After Swoon During Hearing

Appeared to pass out during Senate testimony on Afghanistan
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 9:45 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2010 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gen. David Petraeus says he is "doing OK" after he appeared to pass out this morning during a hearing on Capitol Hill. "I just got a little dehydrated," the commander of US forces in Iran and Afghanistan tells CNN. "I ate a couple of bananas and drank some water. I didn't eat breakfast this morning." John McCain was questioning Petraeus during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when the general slumped over and aides began crowding around him.

Petraeus was whisked out of the room, and chairman Carl Levin postponed the remainder of the hearing. The general quickly regained his equanimity and his sense of humor, the AP notes. He said he "was feeling a little bit lightheaded there" and added, "It wasn't Sen. McCain's question."

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