(JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a rally in Queens, New York that “I am back.”
Sanders addressed a rally on Saturday attended by an estimated 20,000 supporters, though the Sanders campaign put attendance at 25,000. It is 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.
He was introduced by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who announced her endorsement, saying that Sanders was an inspiration for her decision to throw her hat into the political ring, and for her support of progressive policies.