Gov Reveals He Has Cancer After Fainting

Doctors at Mayo Clinic say Governor Mark Dayton's collapse during the State of the State was not related to his recent cancer diagnosis.

After a pause to take a drink of water, his hand shaky, he continued with his final words of that night's speech: "Despite that very bad cost".

The politician began slurring his words before falling to a heap behind his podium, as legislators rushed to helped him.

Republicans on Tuesday resumed their opposition to the governor, pushing back on the amount of spending and an over-reliance on taxes and tax increases in areas the Republicans feel are regressive, including the governor's proposal for a gas tax increase to help fund the state's long-term transportation needs.

Dayton was hospitalized in February 2016 after he fainted at a hot and crowded event. A frantic voice could be heard over the microphone saying "get him to the ground". After being attended to by medical personnel, Dayton reportedly walked out of the Capitol under his own power and is "doing great", his son, Eric, said on Twitter.

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The governor was more than 40 minutes into his annual speech in front of a joint meeting of the House and Senate when he simply fell to the floor in front of a packed state House chamber.

Dayton was almost through with his annual address in St. Paul when he suddenly fell ill, fainting and striking his forehead on the lectern.

Dayton entered office in 2011 tasked with solving a $6 billion budget deficit. Shortly after the incident, House Speaker Kurt Daudt said Dayton was "up and about".

Daudt and fellow Republican legislative leaders declined to comment on Dayton's speech, instead only offering their prayers for his health and safety. "I was born in Minneapolis 70 years ago this Thursday".

Dayton, however, quickly pivoted to pressing problems facing Minnesota that he said will require bipartisan agreement, including aging roads and bridges, diminished water quality and racial disparities that threaten the state's economic future.

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