Carter Cancels D.C. Speaking Events Over Health Concerns

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 10:35 AM EDT
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Carter Cancels D.C. Speaking Events Over Health Concerns

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Former President Jimmy Carter was taken to the hospital on Tuesday, forcing him to cancel two scheduled appearances in D.C.

A Carter Center official told NBC News that Carter became sick to his stomach during the flight to Cleveland. The center says he is expected to resume his book tour this week. It's unclear if tomorrow's appearances will go on as planned.

Carter was scheduled to sign copies of his new book, "White House Diary," at Politics and Prose at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and speak at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium that evening.

Both Politics and Prose and the Lisner Auditorium posted notice that President Carter was forced to cancel his visit. The events will not be rescheduled.

Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, said Carter was taken off the plane by paramedics. After an initial checkup, he was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Carter's stop in Cleveland was also to promote his new book, which was released Sept. 20.

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