Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will not attend the upcoming LGBTQ Town Hall, making him the only frontrunner to miss both LGBTQ forums.
Sanders initially cited schedule conflicts with both the GLAAD/Advocate LGBTQ Forum in Iowa last month and the UCLA/HRC LGBTQ Town Hall tomorrow night.
After he was called out for skipping both of the LGBTQ events for this campaign season, he announced that he would attend the LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles on October 10. But then he suffered a heart attack last week and has had to cancel some of his appearances.
The 78-year-old presidential hopeful had a blocked artery and had two stents inserted. He traveled home to Vermont to recuperate.
His campaign said that he will be attending the fourth Democratic primary debate next Tuesday but that he will not attend the LGBTQ Town Hall tomorrow night.
Sanders will continue to campaign this fall, but that he plans to cut the number of rallies he does each day in half.
“I think we’re gonna change the nature of the campaign a bit, make sure that I have the strength to do what I have to do,” Sanders told reporters outside his home yesterday.
He said that he will release his medical records “at the appropriate time.”
According to Real Clear Politics‘s average of national polls, Sanders is in third place, well behind Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Vice President Joe Biden.