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Bernie Sanders campaign plans to have town hall at California State University, Bakersfield on Thursday without the senator

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 14:37:33-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Despite Sen. Bernie Sanders canceling his visit to California State University, Bakersfield due to health issues, it appears a version of the town hall may still be happening.

According to an email sent to CSUB students, the Bernie Sanders campaign wants to move forward with a smaller event without the senator.

"Dear Campus Community,

Though Sen. Bernie Sanders has canceled his Town Hall at CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, his campaign wishes to move forward with a much smaller event, without the senator, in the Administration Quad from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all, according to the Sanders campaign."
- Email to CSUB students

On Thursday, Bernie's wife, Jane Sanders, released the following statement:

“Thank you to everyone who reached out yesterday with so many touching and kind messages wishing Bernie well. We are so moved by your support.
"Bernie is up and about. Yesterday, he 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. His doctors are pleased with his progress, and there has been no need for any additional procedures. We expect Bernie will be discharged and on a plane back to Burlington before the end of the weekend. He'll take a few days to rest, but he's ready to get back out there and is looking forward to the October debate.”

Bernie's campaign said in a statement Wednesday that the U.S. senator from Vermont experienced chest pains during an event Tuesday evening and testing found he had a blockage in one artery. Officials said two stents were successfully inserted in the 78-year-old’s heart.

In an email to CSUB students Wednesday evening, officials said the event will still be held in the Administration Quad from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. The event is free to attend and open to everyone.

23ABC has reached out to Bernie's campaign officals to see what people can expect from the revised town hall, but have not yet heard back.