Bernie Sanders says he should have listened to symptoms

Rainè Riggs, the daughter-in-law of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, died Saturday shortly after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, according to Lee & Martin Funeral Home in Burgettstown, Pa. Dr. Riggs was 46.

"We were doing, you know, in some cases five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people", Mr. Sanders said. "And yet I, in the last month or two, just was more tired than I usually have been", he continued.

Sanders said in an interview late Tuesday that he would change the "nature" of his campaign by reducing the number of his appearances. His campaign said he felt chest pains during events last Tuesday, and he was taken to the hospital, where two stents were inserted into an artery. "So, and I should have listened to those symptoms ..." he continued.

Standing next to his wife, Jane, Mr. Sanders, 78, also acknowledged that his heart attack could be a factor for voters considering whether to support him.

Sanders, talking to reporters outside his home Tuesday, said he would release his medical records "at the appropriate time". Tuesday's remarks were the first in which Sanders himself has been so open about what happened.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: The truth is that my main doctor is in Washington D.C., so I've not had a doctor here in Vermont, let alone a cardiologist. He had never spoken publicly about feeling increased fatigue, though it was clear he was maintaining a grueling pace.

But he suffered occasional minor physical setbacks. "When you're hurting, when you're worn out, when you have pain in your chest, listen to it".

Sanders, a Vermont senator, also recently shook up his campaign staff in Iowa and New Hampshire, which kick off the presidential nominating process. I must confess, I was dumb. "I assume he'll be far more vigorous", said RoseAnn DeMoro, a Sanders' confidante and former executive director of National Nurses United.

In the meantime, the campaign has churned along even without campaign appearances by the candidate. And Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a Sanders campaign co-chair, tweeted that Sanders "had a great call" with his campaign co-chairs.

Last week began on a high note when Sanders announced that he'd raised $25.3 million during the year's third quarter, more than Warren and any other Democratic presidential hopeful.



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