Bernie Sanders off campaign trail after being hospitalized for heart procedure

Bernie Sanders off campaign trail after being hospitalized for heart procedure

Bernie Sanders off campaign trail after being hospitalized for heart procedure

All scheduled campaign events have been canceled until further notice.

The 78-year-old Sanders experienced chest discomfort during an event Tuesday and sought medical evaluation, according to a campaign statement. "Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits", he explains, via CNN.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday after undergoing heart surgery.

Rival candidates rushed to wish Sanders a swift recovery.

Biden also extended sympathies to the Sanders family, writing, "Anyone who knows Bernie understands what a force he is. We are confident that he will have a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the trail soon". Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) leads with 23 percent, followed by Joe Biden (D) with 20.3 percent.

UPDATE, 10/2/19, 11:45am ET: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who ran against Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries, wished the senator well while on The View.

Sanders is one of the leaders in a crowded field vying to be the party's 2020 presidential nominee and take on President Trump in the general election. The senator was spotted with a bandage on his head in March 2019, when he was campaigning in SC.

Recently, in South Carolina, Sanders canceled appearances in South Carolina after losing his voice.

"While Sanders might be totally fine, any kind of serious health scare involving a candidate this late in the campaign is going to elevate questions about his age and among others running", said Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

Warren told liberal activists in Las Vegas that she called and texted Sanders and that she "wants to see him strong and back on the trail as soon as possible".

"A lot of people don't understand how insane hard grassroots campaigning is - for organizers and candidates alike".

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