Sen. Rand Paul saves choking fellow Republican Sen. Joni Ernst

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Sen. Rand Paul saves choking fellow Republican Sen. Joni Ernst

Sen. Joni Ernst choked on food during a closed-door Republican lunch on Thursday and was rescued by fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who performed the Heimlich maneuver on her.

Ernst, from Iowa, later said she was OK and confirmed a reporter's account of the choking episode on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, replying to the reporter's post describing what happened to her with a tongue-in-cheek caption.

"Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats. Thanks, Dr.@RandPaul!" Ernst posted atop one from Politico reporter Burgess Everett describing the choking incident.

PHOTO: Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to reporters following a closed-door lunch meeting with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 17, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Sen. Joni Ernst speaks to reporters following a closed-door lunch meeting with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 17, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Sen. Rand Paul rrives for a vote in the Capitol, November 2, 2023. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Sen. Rand Paul rrives for a vote in the Capitol, November 2, 2023. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Paul is a medical doctor whose focus is in ophthalmology.

The Thursday Senate Republican lunch is hosted by a different senator each week, and usually showcases food from the hosting senator's home state.

Thursday's lunch was hosted by Ernst.

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, Ernst's Iowa colleague, posted a photo of the two of them holding up chops of steak from the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.

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