Sanders returns home but will 'change the nature of campaign'

Grant Boone
October 9, 2019

But his campaign's lack of transparency surrounding the episode has sparked a media backlash and reinvigorated worries about the trio of septuagenarians now leading the race for the Democratic nomination, among which the 78-year-old Sanders is the oldest. His daughter-in-law, 46-year-old Rainè Riggs, died at a Pennsylvania hospital two days after being diagnosed with cancer, according to an obituary posted on the Lee & Martin Funeral Home Facebook page. And yet I, in the last month or two, just was more tired than I usually have been.

He later shared a video of himself with his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, in which they both thanked everyone who sent their well-wishes.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to reporters outside of his home in Vermont about his recent health scare. During a telephone call with staff members on Monday, Mr. Sanders said he felt "more strongly about the need for a political revolution today than I did when I began this campaign".

He was discharged from the hospital on October 4 and his campaign said the senator was recovering and in good spirits.

"I must confess that I was dumb", he said, explaining that he felt lucky to have been born with "a lot of energy". Doctors inserted two stents to open a clogged artery in his heart. "You look at the totality of who a candidate is".

Sanders' campaign has said he will be at next week's Democratic presidential debate in Ohio.

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"We're going to meet him", Sanders said moments before getting in a auto with his wife, Jane, to attend the appointment with his new physician. "See you soon on the campaign trail".

"It wasn't a major heart attack".

Sanders, one of 19 Democrats competing to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election, suffered chest pains on October 1 while in Nevada for a campaign stop and abruptly canceled campaign events. "Heaven help the opposition".

Sanders said Tuesday that he would be meeting with the cardiologist on a regular basis and getting some checkups, but that his main doctor is in Washington, meaning he didn't have a physician in Vermont, "let alone a cardiologist".

Sanders said he still plans to release his medical records, promising to do so "at the appropriate time".

Peoples reported from NY.

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