Candidates wish Sanders well after heart procedure

Candidates wish Sanders well after heart procedure
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Several of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE's (I-Vt.) competitors for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are wishing him well after his campaign announced Wednesday that he underwent a heart procedure.

Sanders, 78, was found to have a blockage in an artery and two stents were inserted after he experienced "chest discomfort" at a campaign event Tuesday evening, senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement.

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He added that Sanders was "conversing and in good spirits."

Many of the Vermont senator's fellow 2020 candidates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE and Sanders's Senate colleagues Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey governor to announce state will move to mostly mail-in voting for November The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' MORE (D-N.J.), said they hope he will recover quickly.

"Anyone who knows Bernie understands what a force he is," Biden wrote in a tweet. "We are confident that he will have a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the trail soon."

"Bruce, Team Warren, and I are sending all our best wishes for a speedy recovery to @BernieSanders. I hope to see my friend back on the campaign trail very soon," Warren tweeted.

"Thinking of @BernieSanders today and wishing him a speedy recovery. If there's one thing I know about him, he's a fighter and I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail soon," Harris wrote. 

"Glad to hear my friend @BernieSanders is doing well and in good spirits—wishing him a speedy recovery," Booker tweeted. 

"Oh no. Stay strong Bernie," posted entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: Majority of voters now say the government should have a universal basic income program The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump threatens Postal Service funding l Biden proposes national mask mandate l Democratic convention takes shape Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention MORE

"Wishing @BernieSanders a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with you and your family today—and I look forward to seeing you back out on the campaign trail soon," wrote former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas).  

"Bernie’s fighting spirit will get him through anything and everything. Good to hear he is doing better and look forward to seeing him soon," Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted.

"We want to send our best wishes for a quick recovery to @BernieSanders today. Our whole team has you in their thoughts," tweeted former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. 

"April and I extend our prayers to @BernieSanders and wish him a full and complete recovery from his surgery. His fighting spirit will sustain him during this time, as will the support and love of his family, friends and countless supporters," said former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.) in a tweet. 

And billionaire activist Tom SteyerTom SteyerCalifornia Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Steyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee Progressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters MORE said in a statement that he is "wishing Senator Sanders a quick and easy recovery from his surgery."

"Senator Sanders has long been one of the toughest fighters in the Senate and I know he will fight through this as well. I look forward to seeing him back on the campaign trail," Steyer said.

Sanders is among more than a dozen people running for the party's presidential nomination.

His campaign said Wednesday that events and appearances will be canceled until further notice.

—Updated at 1:37 p.m.