November 19, 2019

He’s Back. Bernie Sanders Addresses Rally of 20,000 in Queens.

2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

(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.