Sen. Edward Kennedy rushed to hospital

Sen. Edward Kennedy was rushed to a hospital in Massachusetts Saturday morning, his office confirmed.

He was taken first to Cape Cod hospital, then flown to Mass. General in Boston.

CNN reports that Kennedy was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for evaluation.

Massachusetts General will not release any information on Kennedy so far.

CNN claims that a Democratic source in Massachusetts said the 76-year-old senator had “symptoms of a stroke” at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port.

Hyannis Fire Department got a 911 call from the Kennedy compound at 8:19 a.m. and transported a patient to the hospital, arriving at 8:50 a.m. The official would not be more specific.

Kennedy had surgery in October to clear his carotid artery in hopes of preventing a stroke. Colleagues said he had recovered quickly and was working energetically recently.

CNN notes that Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1962. He is one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years.

He endorsed Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the 2008 nomination.

Obama told CNN that his “thoughts and prayers” are with Kennedy.

“He is one of my favorite people,” Obama said.

Kennedy is the youngest of nine Kennedy children.

It was a scandal and tragedy back in 1969 that many believe was the undoing of his further political ambitions outside of Massachusetts. Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into the channel between Chappaquiddick Island and Martha’s Vineyard on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Kennedy escaped but his passenger, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned in the submerged car.

Kennedy left the scene, not calling authorities until the following day. He plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended sentence of two months in jail.

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