Beto O’Rourke told reporters Saturday that he has no concerns about Sen. Bernie Sanders’s fitness for the presidency following the Vermont senator’s brief hospitalization for a heart attack last week.
“There isn’t a more important voice out there on some of the most important issues that this country faces,” said O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. “There isn’t a more energized, energetic candidate and campaigner keeping up a relentless schedule.”
“I have no fears about Bernie Sanders, and [it] does not cause me any concern at all,” O’Rourke added, referring to Sanders’s hospitalization. “And really all I wish for him is a full and speedy recovery, and his ability to get back after it on the campaign trail. Grateful that he’s a candidate and grateful to be in this race with him.”
David Sirota, Sanders’s speechwriter, applauded O’Rourke’s remarks, which came as the Sanders campaign is pushing back against an emerging media narrative that the senator was not forthright about his health scare.
“A class act,” tweeted Sirota.
Sanders was discharged from the hospital Friday after two and a half days. On Tuesday, the campaign said Sanders had a heart stent procedure after the senator experienced chest discomfort on the trail in Nevada.
Upon Sanders’s exit from the hospital Friday, the campaign released a statement from the senator’s doctors announcing he was treated for a myocardial infarction, the medical term for a heart attack.
Responding to criticism of the way the campaign handled Sanders’s hospitalization and diagnosis, Mike Casca, senior communications adviser for Sanders, tweeted: “Give me a break. We consistently updated the press and supporters on the senator’s condition during his stay through statements and a gaggle with Jane, and we released all the information from his doctors as he was discharged.”
In a video posted on Twitter hours after leaving the hospital, Sanders expressed gratitude for the love and well-wishes he received and said he is “feeling so much better.”
“See you soon on the campaign trail,” Sanders said.
GOP giving up trying to reclaim House seats as 2020 wipeout looms: report
Faced with a ticket likely headed by an unpopular president and watching the Democrats rake in campaign cash ahead of the 2020 election, the Republican Party is conceding they will not win back the House by reclaiming seats they lost in the so-called 2018 "blue wave" election.
According to a report from Politico, Democratic candidates have been stockpiling massive amounts of cash to wage war in what is expected to be a high turnout election with Donald Trump as the face of the Republican Party and seats that the GOP thought they might have a shot at now appearing unattainable.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.
WATCH LIVE: Beto O’Rourke holds ‘Rally Against Fear’ to counter Trump’s re-election rally
While supporters of President Donald Trump gathered on Thursday in the American Airlines Center Dallas, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke held a "Rally Against Fear" less than 15 miles away in Grand Prairie.
O'Rourke's presidential campaign said the rally was to "directly confront Donald Trump’s dangerous hatred and division on the night he tries to spread it across the battleground state of Texas."
"We will not be defined by this president’s fear, his hate, or the differences between us that he tries to exploit but instead by a renewed sense of hope and a unified vision for the future of our country. In this moment of smallness, paranoia, and division, Texas is going to lead the way with our strength, our courage, our diversity, and the big, bold, ambitious things we want to achieve together," the campaign said.