Could this be the end…
A campaign official said on Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders has been hospitalized and handled for an artery blockage and is canceling his activities for the coming days.
“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Senator Sanders experienced some chest discomfort,” Jeff Weaver, a longtime adviser to Mr. Sanders, said in a statement. “Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Senator 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.”
Mr. Sanders, 78, was traveling for a gun forum in Las Vegas that other candidates were also scheduled to attend. He was to travel to California later this week.
Mr. Weaver submitted the statement to the staff at 10:30 Eastern Time on a rapidly arranged conference call, according to a call aid. After his statement, no one on the staff asked questions, which the secretary said Mr. Weaver was reading in controlled tones.
Mr. Sanders has maintained a violent campaign timetable, typically holding numerous activities in several towns a day. Over the weekend, he held several events at colleges in New Hampshire. He was anticipated to move to Iowa this weekend after his journeys to Nevada and California, according to a campaign assistant.
The Sanders campaign had scheduled to go on air this week’s campaign with its first television advertisements in Iowa, announcing a $1.3 million two-week purchase on Tuesday. An ad tracking service, Medium Buying, said on Wednesday that Mr. Sanders began cancelling those ads. The reason for the cancellation was not immediately known. Even as late as Tuesday night, Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, was talking excitedly about the ad buy on a call with supporters.