WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Representative Ilhan Omar approved Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday for nomination as Democratic President, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will support Mr Sanders at a rally this weekend, according to his campaign.
. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat from New York and a star of the progressive left, will compete on Saturday at his "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens with Mr. Sanders. Earlier Tuesday, his campaign had angered that Mr. Sanders would have a "special guest" at the event.
The news of the endorsements came as Democratic presidential candidates rounded out their performances in the fourth debate of the main season. The planned support of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was first reported by the Washington Post.
In his own statement, Mr. Sanders described Ms. Omar as a "leader of strength and courage."
The endorsements just two weeks after Mr. Sanders suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas and is likely to press ahead with Mr. Sanders's campaign. They could also serve to address some concerns about his health and age.
Mr. Sanders has been recovering since his heart attack, first in a hospital and then at his home in Burlington, Vt. Tuesday night's debate in Westerville, Ohio, just outside Columbus, was his first appearance in front of a national audience since the episode.
Mr. Sanders & # 39; s health problems have sparked some uncertainty over his election campaign, causing his aides to calm voters in terms of their age and health just as he was trying to improve his reputation in a race that has been in the last few years For more than two weeks, there was competition between Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Mr. Sanders, who was asked directly about his state of health in the debate on Tuesday evening, nodded to the rally and the "Guest of Honor."
"Let me invite you all to a big rally in Queens," he said. "We will have a special guest at this event and we will be holding a vigorous campaign across the country."
He also said, "I feel great."
Mr. Sanders campaign envisages the rally in New York as his official return to the election campaign. According to an adjutant, the rally had been held in Prospect Park, but settled in a park in Queens against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Presidential Notes from Congress Women, both members of the troupe of Democratic Women of Choice, were highly coveted. Not only are they one of the country's most prominent progressives, they are also one of President Trump's favorite films.
Last month, Ms. Warren won the approval of the Working Families Party, a progressive group that endorsed Mr. Sanders during the last presidential cycle. The endorsement was a blessing for Ms. Warren's candidacy as she wanted to position herself as the main competitor of Mr. Biden and the standard bearer of the progressive left. But it has also unsettled the advocates of Mr. Sanders, who participated in the advocacy process. Several Sanders supporters at the time demanded that the Working Families Party publish the total number of votes cast.
This is an evolving story and is updated.
Matt Stevens contributed to the coverage.