Sen. Rand Paul easing back in public view after lung surgery

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first public appearance since his lung surgery (all times local):

4 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has made his first public appearance since undergoing lung surgery.

The Kentucky Republican gave a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in southern Kentucky.

Paul answered questions from the crowd of about 100 people after his address. He talked about his recovery and fielded questions about a range of subjects, including gun laws and health care during a presentation lasting about 40 minutes. He stood the entire time.

The former presidential candidate is easing back into public activities after the recent surgery that removed part of his lung. Paul says the surgery stemmed from injuries suffered when a neighbor tackled him outside his Kentucky home in 2017 while he was doing yard work.

By the time he returns to Washington in September, he says, he shouldn't have any limitations.

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1:20 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break.

The Kentucky Republican is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in southern Kentucky. It marks his first public appearance since part of his lung was removed at a Tennessee hospital. The senator says the surgery stemmed from injuries suffered when a neighbor tackled him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home in late 2017.

Initially, most of Paul's August travel plans were canceled due to the operation more than a week ago at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. But his recovery has progressed faster than expected, allowing him to go to Williamsburg for Tuesday's chamber event.

His schedule will be scaled back considerably from what had been planned before the surgery. Paul has a handful of events planned in the next two weeks. By the time he returns to Washington in September, he says, he shouldn't have any limitations.

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