NBC spent most time on Johnson--even without knowing whether he had indeed suffered a stroke or whether it would disqualify him from service.
Chip Reid recounted that he "suddenly began to stutter" while conducting a radio interview. Nancy Snyderman (at the tail of the videostream) emphasized how urgent it is to treat a suspected stroke: "Think of it like a brain attack." Tim Russert listed the issues that would change with that one vote switch: the Iraq War, Supreme Court nominations, environmental legislation, tax policy. "Profound impact," he speculated.
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