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CNN Today

Bill Bradley Ducks Questions Concerning Heart Condition

Aired January 21, 2000 - 1:07 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: The latest, Lou, is that Bill Bradley is foraging ahead with his presidential campaign despite new disclosures about his recurrent heart condition. At a breakfast in Burlington, Iowa, this morning, Bradley talked with supporters about health care but there were no discussions or questions about his own health. Bradley suffers from a condition called atrial fibrillation, which causes irregular heart rhythms.

At a campaign stop last night, he disclosed he has had four minor episodes since December, but none of them required medical treatment.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BILL BRADLEY (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I didn't think we needed to disclose it. We -- you don't want me to go around disclosing every time I flip out for an hour or two hours. If I have to see a doctor or if there has to be any medical attention given to it, you will -- you will hear about it immediately. But otherwise, it's just the nature of the -- the nature of the particular situation.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BLITZER: The head of the Iowa Democratic Party says the revelation should not affect Bradley's showing in the caucuses on Monday, and aides say Bradley has no plans to curtail his campaign schedule.

In fact, Bradley is holding a rally at this hour in Muscatine, Iowa. CNN's Bob Franken is there, and he joins us now live.

Bob, what's the latest.

BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Wolf, just seconds ago Bill Bradley walked past a group of reporters, refused to entertain any questions about the heart condition and walked up stairs in the Hotel Muscatine for a rally. He's trying to get people to go to the caucuses on Monday, fighting an uphill battle, many people believe, against Vice President Gore.

The Bradley campaign says they've answered all the questions they want to answer, that they're in fact putting this behind them, but in fact the reporters still want to pepper him with more questions. There was a phalanx of cameras as the senator walked in. As I said, he took no more questions about that. Now, he is, tonight, having an active schedule, including some athletic events. He is going to a bowling ally. Whether he bowls or not we'll see. He's also going to a basketball game, and, of course, there's always the possibility he could show off his NBA skills. But as far as putting this behind him, he apparently hasn't been successful but he seems determined not to answer questions, Wolf, and hope that it is put behind him by itself.

BLITZER: OK, Bob Franken with the Bradley campaign in Muscatine, Iowa.

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