Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders canceled a campaign visit to Riverside Thursday following heart surgery in Las Vegas.
Jeff Weaver, a senior campaign adviser, said the senator from Vermont experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday night and was found to have a blockage in one artery. Doctors successfully inserted two stents.
The 78-year-old Sanders is now hospitalized in Las Vegas, and the plan is for him to rest over the coming days.
“We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates,” Weaver said.
Sanders was slated to be on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the campaign’s Riverside field office at 10:30 a.m. At noon, he was to host a College Town Hall at Riverside City College. Although it was geared to college students, any member of the public would have been welcome to attend, according to the Sanders campaign.
Following his Riverside appearances, the senator had planned to head out to Bakersfield for another Q&A with college students, this time at Cal State Bakersfield.
The day was to conclude with a final campaign stop at Fresno City College, and on Friday, Sanders was to be in Los Angeles for several events.
— From Staff and Wire Reports