Video: Gov Dayton Collapses While Delivering State Of State Address

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Collapses during his State Of The State Speech. He was attended to by EMTs as the joint meeting of the House and Senate was adjourned. He apparently fainted. Dayton will turn 70 this Thursday.

Video of Dayton collapsing

Dayton tripped while coming into the chamber to deliver the address. He joked about it when he started saying he had missed the run through.

Governor Dayton’s Chief of Staff Jaime Tincher released the following statement a short time later:

“Tonight, Governor Dayton briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol, and returned home. EMTs joined the Governor there, and performed a routine check. He is now spending time with his son and grandson. The Governor will present his 2017 Budget tomorrow at 11:15am, as planned. Governor Dayton and his entire staff thank the people of Minnesota for their outpouring of support and concern.”

About 40 minutes before he collapsed, Dayton tripped and lost his balance while entering the House chamber:

Video of Dayton’s entire speech and his prepared text can be found here.

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