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Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson says he has Parkinson's, won't let that stop him from running for re-election

On Wednesday, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) announced he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but still intends to run for re-election in 2016.

"I am busier and have more responsibility today than ever before in my political career, and I couldn't be happier about that," he said. "I remain devoted to pubic service, to my state and to my constituents." The 70-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 2004, and was diagnosed with the disease in 2013. Isakson said he is in the early stages of Parkinson's, with his main symptoms being stiffness in his left arm and a "slow, shuffling gait." He added that he wasn't sure if he wanted to disclose his diagnosis, but decided "I should handle my personal health challenge with the same transparency that I have championed throughout my career."

Isakson's office also released a statement from his neurologist, who said the senator remains "fully capable" of doing his job and running for re-election.