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Graham casts first vote since surgery

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March 13, 2003

WASHINGTON -- To cast his first votes since having heart surgery, Sen. Bob Graham returned to Washington on Wednesday at the request of the Democratic leadership as the Senate debated an abortion bill.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., asked Graham and three other Democrats seeking the presidency -- John Kerry, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman -- to make an afternoon vote to support the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling. The measure passed, 52-46, with the support of all four presidential candidates in the Senate.

Graham was recovering from Jan. 31 heart surgery and working to raise money for his presidential bid at his Miami-area home but caught a morning flight after talking to Daschle on Tuesday, said Graham spokesman Paul Anderson.

As he left the Senate after a vote, Graham said he felt well and had spent the last week "walking about 3 miles a day and getting some sunshine to look like a Floridian again."

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