WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Senator Bernie Sanders cancels campaign events after doctors inserted two stents for artery blockage, according to his campaign.
- The Vermont independent, 78, is the oldest candidate aiming to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
- Sanders experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday and was taken to Las Vegas hospital, where he is recovering.
Senator Bernie Sanders and his campaign team canceled all appearances until further notice after the presidential hopeful underwent a procedure for artery blockage.
Jeff Weaver, the campaign issued a statement saying the senator “experienced some chest discomfort” during a Tuesday event. Tests found a “blockage in one artery,” and Sanders had two stents inserted, he added.
“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” Weaver said in the statement. “We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”
The Vermont independent informed his supporters he is “feeling good” on a tweet late Wednesday. He used his situation to make the case for government-run universal health care, his signature campaign policy.
“None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!” Sanders tweeted.
At 78, Sanders is the oldest presidential candidate seeking to challenge the 73-year-old Trump in 2020.
The senator had vowed to release his medical records before the primary voting contests started. During his 2016 presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton, Sanders released a letter from his doctor saying he was in good health and did not have a history of heart disease.
A Sanders campaign spokeswoman told CNBC the move is a “postponement.” It was unclear if the ad changes were related to Sanders’ health.
Sanders was set to appear at an MSNBC gun violence forum on Wednesday along with nine other candidates. He held a grassroots fundraiser in Nevada on Tuesday.
The senator’s Democratic primary competitors sent him messages of support after his campaign announced the procedure. In tweets, Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg all wished Sanders a “speedy recovery.”
Sanders has run for president promising a drastic political and economic overhaul. He has proposed plans including implementing a single-payer “Medicare for All” health care system, canceling all student debt and taxing the wealthy at higher rates.
Sanders is considered one of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination. He has polled among the top three candidates in the vast majority of national and early state primary surveys.
On Tuesday, his campaign said it raised $25.3 million in the third quarter, a haul that will allow him to stay competitive in the primary contest well into next year.