Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ daughter-in-law dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis

Bernie Sanders’ daughter-in-law dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis

"I was born, and thank god, I have a lot of energy", Sanders told reporters outside his home in Vermont. His wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders listens at right.

Sanders has been off the 2020 presidential campaign trail for the last few days while receiving treatment after suffering a heart attack. I've been doing, in some cases, three or four rallies a day, going all over the state, Iowa, New Hampshire, wherever.

"I must confess, I was dumb", Sanders said. "I'll make sure I have the strength to do what I have to do".

Pressed on what that meant, Sanders replied: "Well, probably not doing four rallies a day". The 78-year-old is the oldest candidate in the race and would be the oldest person to be elected president, should he win.

It is unclear if he will resume campaigning before that or what his immediate plans are. NBC News announced it would air an "exclusive" interview with Sanders, his first since the heart attack, on Wednesday.

Senator Sanders discusses his health with the press.

His campaign also downplayed any skepticism that his ailments would have a negative impact on his presidential run.

"We're going to meet him", Sanders said moments before getting in a vehicle with his wife, Jane, to attend the appointment with his new physician. And yet I, in the last month or two, just was more worn out than I usually have been. "And I should have listened to those symptoms".


Mr. Sanders's remarks stood in sharp contrast with comments in recent days from his campaign advisers, who have insisted that the Vermont senator was neither changing course nor easing his trademark intensity as a result of the heart attack.

And they hinted changes would be coming to better keep their candidate healthy. "You look at the totality of who a candidate is", he said.

"Make no mistake, Sen".

Of how this will affect voters' perceptions of Sanders, the former aide, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, said, "My sense is most people don't really care, because even if you're drawn to Bernie, you're not drawn to him because he gets on a skateboard".

Not only was he himself campaigning at a relentless pace prior to the heart attack, but he consistently comes in the top three in polls, raised the most money in the third fundraising quarter, and has qualified for both the October and November primary debates.

But just hours later, he was at a campaign event in Nevada when he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a heart attack.

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.

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