DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was briefly hospitalized Wednesday in Los Angeles after choking on food during a ceremony for the rededication of the USS Iowa battleship, his spokesman said.
Branstad choked on a carrot during the event and vomited, spokesman Tim Albrecht said. He said the governor was taken to a nearby hospital “out of an overabundance of caution,” went through a series of tests, and was released after his health turned out to be fine.
Branstad, 65, traveled with his wife and a security detail to the event for the USS Iowa, a World War II-era warship that is being turned into a floating museum that opens Saturday at the Port of Los Angeles.
– Wire reports