Colleague cracks Sen. McCaskill’s rib with Heimlich maneuver

Key Points
  • Sen. Joe Manchin performed the Heimlich maneuver on  McCaskill when she began choking at a luncheon for Senate Democrats on Thursday.
  •  McCaskill said she’s “really grateful to Joe.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has cracked a rib of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill while performing the Heimlich maneuver on the fellow Democrat when she began choking.

A spokesman for Manchin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that McCaskill began choking during a luncheon for Senate Democrats on Thursday. Manchin, from West Virginia, used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the blockage in McCaskill’s throat, but he cracked a rib in the process.

McCaskill says she’s “really grateful to Joe.” She adds that “a little bit of a sore rib for a couple of weeks is no big deal.”

The Missouri senator said she would not be hugging people when she appeared at a dinner in St. Louis late last week.