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GE CEO collapses during Biden speech

Posted by Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - GE CEO Jim Campbell was rushed to a doctor after he collapsed just before 11:30 a.m. Monday as Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

Campbell, who was seated on a stool at the end of the stage, fell from a stool and off the stage as Biden was nearing the end of his remarks.

Biden paused and called for a doctor.

"Do we have a doctor here?" Biden asked. "Ladies and gentlemen, that's a sad note to end this on. Do we have a doctor here?"

According to GE spokeswoman Kim Freeman, Campbell appears to be fine, but was taken to a medical clinic on site to be seen by a physician.

As Campbell was taken away, Biden remarked: "So folks, as my grandfather used to say, 'keep the faith.'" 

Freeman says Campbell's collapse appears to be heat related.

Biden was in town to tout the job-creation virtues of the Economic Recovery Act during his speech at Appliance Park, where the company is making a $600 million investment to expand manufacturing.

That investment is backed by a nearly $25 million tax credit GE received under the stimulus.

We'll have the latest information coming up on WAVE 3 News.

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