(JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made it clear at a rally in New York City: “I am back.”
Sanders addressed an estimated 20,000 supporters at a park in Queens on Saturday (the Sanders campaign put attendance at 25,000). It was the Vermont senator’s first campaign event since he had a heart attack earlier this month.
Sanders pledged after his release from the hospital and again during last week’s presidential debate to move forward with a “vigorous” campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The 78-year-old was introduced by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said that Sanders was an inspiration for her decision to throw her hat into the political ring.