“She began choking. Folks cough, you assume, nicely. After which began getting actual crimson. ‘I am unable to breathe, I am unable to breathe,’ ” Manchin stated Monday. “I used to be sufficiently big and tall sufficient to get some leverage on her and decide her up off her toes. I stored jerking and jerking and jerking till she stated, ‘You are hurting me now.’ “
He continued: “I knew she may breathe then. I simply go beneath her breastplate and provides all of it I had. … We had been all simply so grateful. It was all so scary. You’ll be able to’t think about.”
He added that somebody known as 911 however the incident occurred so shortly it was over earlier than they got here. The Capitol doctor got here to verify McCaskill’s very important indicators and she or he was wonderful, Manchin stated.
He stated there have been 20 to 30 Democratic senators on the lunch, together with Minority Chief Chuck Schumer of New York.
“She was in bother earlier than that. She may have choked to dying,” he stated. “And you understand Claire, she’s more durable than nails.”
McCaskill’s workplace confirmed that whereas she attended an NAACP dinner in Missouri, she instructed individuals she could not hug them due to a damaged rib, an accident from Manchin performing the Heimlich maneuver.
“I am actually grateful to Joe — just a little little bit of a sore rib for a few weeks is not any huge deal,” she stated in a press release supplied to CNN.
Each McCaskill and Manchin are dealing with robust re-election bids of their residence states of Missouri and West Virginia.