Updated Oct 9, 2019

Bernie Sanders “misspoke" about slowing down his 2020 campaign

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Bernie Sanders said he "misspoke" on Wednesday after suggesting he planned to slow his presidential campaign down following a heart attack and medical procedure, instead promising to get back to a "very vigorous campaign," NBC reports.

"I said a word I should not have said and media drives me a little bit nuts to make a big deal about it.”
— Bernie Sanders

The state of play: Sanders underwent a medical procedure last Friday after doctors found a blockage in one of his arteries. Despite his condition, Sanders told reporters he plans on publicly releasing his medical records and will participate in the Oct. 15 Democratic primary debate.

  • Sanders said on Tuesday that he plans to "slow down his pace on the campaign trail" after his heart attack, the New York Times reported. He "acknowledged that voters would likely consider his health when deciding whether to support him."

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2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday held his first campaign rally since his recent heart attack and surgery, joined by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

Why it matters: Sanders formally secured the coveted Ocasio-Cortez endorsement during the rally in Queens. The support shows Sanders is still a "formidable contender" and shifts the "conversation away from his health issues and age, infusing his campaign with a renewed sense of vitality," writes the New York Times.

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