Bernie Sanders Hospitalized for Artery Blockage

Presidential hopeful has canceled future events for the time being

Last Updated: October 2, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering an artery blockage.

Sanders has canceled presidential campaign events until further notice following the insertion of two stents, according to a statement from his campaign issued Wednesday.

Here is the statement from Sanders’ senior advisor Jeff Weaver:

“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Sanders is a registered independent but is running for president as a Democrat. Well-wishes have poured in across the political spectrum, from his competitors for the party’s nomination to right-leaning figures.

“Thinking of @BernieSanders today and wishing him a speedy recovery. If there’s one thing I know about him, he’s a fighter and I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail soon,” tweeted Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.

Similarly, candidate Marianne Williamson tweeted, “My prayers are with @BernieSanders and his family while he recuperates and rests. We love you, Bernie!”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg also joined their fellow candidates to wish Sanders a speedy recovery.

Rep. Justin Amash tweeted, “Praying for a full and speedy recovery,” and Fox News’ Kat Timpf shared a photo and story of a time she and the senator met in a Comedy Central green room, where they “had a great, respectful conversation.”

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