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Jimmy Carter taken off plane and hospitalized in Cleveland

Jimmy Carter was enroute to a Cleveland book signing Tuesday when he became ill. Former President Carter has been traveling to promote his latest book.

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Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at The Carter Center Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Atlanta. Carter was hospitalized Tuesday in Cleveland after arriving at the airport there.

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An airport spokeswoman in Cleveland says former President Jimmy Carter was taken off a plane by rescue crews and taken to a local hospital.

Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, says the 85-year-old former president was a passenger on a Delta flight to Cleveland on Tuesday morning and became ill.

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Carter has been traveling to promote his new book, "White House Diary," which was released last week. The website for Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cleveland says he was scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Tuesday to sign and talk about the book.