WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been hospitalized.
His campaign said in a statement Wednesday that the U.S. senator from Vermont experienced chest pains during an event Tuesday evening and testing found he had a blockage in one artery.
Officials say two stents were successfully inserted in the 78-year-old’s heart.
“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” wrote the campaign in a statement.
Sanders will remain off the campaign trail and all his events have been canceled until further notice.
Some of Sanders’ primary competitors expressed support for the senator on Twitter:
Bruce, Team Warren, and I are sending all our best wishes for a speedy recovery to @BernieSanders. I hope to see my friend back on the campaign trail very soon.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 2, 2019
All of us here at @PeteForAmerica are sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Senator @BernieSanders. We're thinking of him and his family today, and I look forward to seeing him back on the campaign trail very soon.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 2, 2019
.@DrBiden and I are sending our best wishes to @BernieSanders, Jane, and the whole Sanders family. 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.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2019
Bernie’s fighting spirit will get him through anything and everything. Good to hear he is doing better and look forward to seeing him soon.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) October 2, 2019
Glad to hear my friend @BernieSanders is doing well and in good spirits—wishing him a speedy recovery. https://t.co/lCB2XhOLuP
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 2, 2019
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.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2019
We want to send our best wishes for a quick recovery to @BernieSanders today. Our whole team has you in their thoughts.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 2, 2019
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.