The news of Sanders’ expected participation in the Oct. 15 debate comes after his campaign announced that he had two stents inserted to address a blockage in an artery. Senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement Wednesday that Sanders “will be resting up over the next few days,” and that campaign staff “are canceling his events and appearances until further notice.”
Sanders on Wednesday afternoon tweeted a message of thanks “for all the well wishes” he has received during his recovery and plugged his signature health care proposal.
“I’m feeling good. I’m fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover,” he wrote online. “None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!”
Sanders will be one of a dozen White House contenders taking part in the October forum in Westerville, Ohio — which is set to be the most candidate-heavy presidential primary debate ever.
He is slated to stand to the left of the field’s two front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who will occupy center stage.