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Bernie Sanders says he's back. Is he?

Posted October 10, 2019 6:31 p.m. EDT

— Despite what he's said, Bernie Sanders is not actually scaling back the campaign, telling NBC News that he "misspoke."

"I misspoke the other day. I said a word I should not have said and media drives me a little bit nuts to make a big deal about it," Sanders said on Wednesday. "We're going to get back into the groove of a very vigorous campaign, I love doing rallies and I love doing town meetings."

Sanders added that he would be scaling up: "I want to start off slower and build up and build up and build up." He plans to participate in next week's Democratic debate in Ohio.

While Sanders is the oldest Democrat in the race, he's also maintained one of the most grueling schedules, often holding five or six campaign events in a single day. On Tuesday, Sanders said post-heart attack that he will "certainly intend to be actively campaigning. I think we can change the nature of the campaign a bit. Make sure I have the strength to do what needs to be done."

Sanders will not participate in Thursday night's LGBTQ town hall as he recovers from his heart attack.

But Sanders insists he is still very much in the race. On Wednesday, he gave no sign that he plans to end his bid for the White House anytime soon, and said voters can judge whether his health issues are a concern.

"It is a factor," Sanders told NBC of questions about his age and health, "[but] so is what you're standing for -- you're running for president, what do you stand for?"

The Point: What does Sanders' post-heart attack but NOT scaled-back campaign look like? TBD.

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