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CSUB students attend Bernie Sanders campaign event without Senator

Posted at 6:34 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 21:34:38-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Senator Bernie Sanders was supposed to hold a rally at Cal-Sate Bakersfield (CSUB) Thursday, however, his campaign team still held the event without him after his health took a turn Wednesday in Nevada.

The democratic presidential candidate front runner was experiencing tightness in his chest Wednesday and doctors later discovered Sanders had a blocked artery in his heart.

Officials said Sanders had to get two stints put in his heart but that he is in good spirits and recovering.

Still, his college town hall events were canceled until further notice throughout California.

CSUB along with many other college students across the state of California were expecting to attend Senator Sanders' town hall events on their campuses, but many of them were still wishing him a speedy recovery Thursday.

"I do hope Bernie feels better, we were really disappointed that we didn't get to see him. I was super excited,"CSUB student Christina Poledo said.

Many students also described what they want to see happen in Kern County following the 2020 election.

"Well in Bakersfield we have seen a huge trend when it comes to the homeless population and I think one of the policies that Bernie Sanders was talking a lot about, is housing for all and I would definitely like to see that come into play," CSUB student Erik Cruz said.

Thursday's event was about Bernie's campaign and how to get involved in the campaign trail.

Organizers provided insight and direction for everyone who attended and expressed the importance for staying politically active in this years election, so that Kern County could see a benefit through policy.

However, this is this not the first time Bernie's campaign trail has passed through Bakersfield, the last time Sanders was here was during the 2016 democratic primary campaign where thousands of people packed the Kern County fairgrounds for his campaign rally.

1,500 hundred people signed up to attend the event according to officials, and more than 100 people actually showed up.

Bernies wife, Jane Sanders, released a statement earlier Thursday thanking everyone who reached out to Bernie.

In her statement she also said Bernie is up and about and spent much of the day talking with staff about policies, cracking jokes with the nurses and doctors and speaking with his family on the phone.

She said the doctors are pleased with his progress and there will be no need for additional procedures.

She said he's going to rest for a few more days and then head back to Burlington to resume his campaign trail.