Bernie Sanders to rally in New York in comeback from heart attack

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U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to the campaign trail in New York City on Saturday, nearly three weeks after a heart attack that raised concerns about his viability in the Democratic race to pick a challenger to President Donald Trump.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a campaign stop in Hooksett, New Hampshire, U.S., September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

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NEW YORK: U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to the campaign trail in New York City on Saturday (Oct 19), nearly three weeks after a heart attack that raised concerns about his viability in the Democratic race to pick a challenger to President Donald Trump.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the party's progressives and a frequent target of Trump attacks, will join the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queensbridge Park and formally endorse Sanders for the White House, the campaign said.

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The rally will be Sanders' first event on the campaign trail since his heart attack on Oct 1, when he had two stents inserted to open a blocked artery.

The heart attack threatened to derail the campaign of Sanders, 78, the oldest candidate in the crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination to face Trump in 2020. The U.S. senator cancelled campaign appearances and returned to his home in Burlington, Vermont, to recover.

But Sanders was back to participate in Tuesday night's three-hour Democratic debate, and he has vowed to resume a full-tilt campaign pushing signature progressive issues such as a government-run healthcare programme and a tax on the wealth of the richest Americans.

The backing of Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a New York district near where Sanders will hold the rally, is expected tRead More – Source