Scary news just breaking that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was rushed to the hospital in Las Vegas with chest discomfort. He was there for a campaign event.
Doctors found that he had a blockage in an artery and they inserted two stents.
He’s talking and in “good spirits” according to his campaign.
They’ve cancelled all his events until further notice.
BREAKING: @BernieSanders was hospitalized with chest discomfort and found to have a blockage in an artery. Two stents were inserted. He’s now “conversing and I’m good spirits.” Campaign statement: pic.twitter.com/OtPv4Fzu9h
— Adam Kelsey (@adamkelsey) October 2, 2019
Sanders was in Nevada, hosting a town hall on Medicare for All and social security in Las Vegas ahead of his appearance at a gun control forum on Wednesday when he began to feel pain.
Sanders is one of a few candidates who are over 70. He is the oldest candidate in the Democratic primary at 78 years old.
He was given a clean bill of health after he cut his head in February and got several stitches.
Sanders entered his second bid for president, after falling short to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, as a known quantity. Despite the presence of another liberal stalwart in the 2020 race, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the former mayor of Burlington continues to carve out a lane for himself in a crowded field that still counts 19 with his blunt style and progressive ideals – including his signature “Medicare for All” proposal, which has been embraced by several of his Democratic rivals and often a key source of debate throughout the protracted contest.
Last month, Sanders told ABC’s “The View” that 2020 is different because “many of the ideas that I talked about,” including universal health care, “were perceived to be radical,” but now “a lot of candidates and the majority of the American people agree.”