Senator Bernie Sanders has been forced to cancel some of his scheduled events due to health reasons.
In a statement obtained by “Extra,” Sanders' senior advisor Jeff Weaver said, “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.”
According to ABC news, Weaver informed Sanders' campaign team about his health over the phone Wednesday morning.
Sanders had been campaigning for president in the hard-fought Democratic primary ahead of the 2020 election, and has consistently been among the leading candidates in polls. His last event was on Tuesday at the Las Vegas shooting memorial.
He was scheduled to make an appearance at the Giffords and March of Our Lives' Presidential Gun Safety Forum today.
Bernie, 78, is the oldest candidate in the race, and is just over a year older than the Democratic front-runner. He was unsuccessful in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, losing out to Hillary Clinton. He later endorsed her in her run against Donald Trump.
On "The View" Wednesday morning, Clinton and her daughter Chelsea sent him their best wishes for a speedy recovery, with Hillary saying she would "hope for the best." Chelsea said, "If you have chest pains, please go to the doctor — particularly men, because although heart disease is more pervasive in women, it's more fatal to men because men wait too long. So I am just so grateful that Sen. Sanders had a chest pain yesterday and immediately went to the doctor, which is what we hope any man in our lives would do." She went on to thank him for being "a good example."
Sanders himself recently sat down on “The View” to discuss how things have changed since his first bid for president. He explained that, "Many of the ideas that I talked about four years ago… like when I said to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour… looking at health care as a human right… those ideas were perceived to be radical," but now "a lot of candidates and the majority of the American people agree."