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Published On: Fri, Jun 3rd, 2016

Bernie Sanders camp: No, he will not be skydiving

Democratic presidential candidate Sen.Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally on May 10 in Stockton, California.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen.Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally on May 10 in Stockton, California. | Getty

Contrary to speculation wafting around the internet on Friday, Bernie Sanders won’t be skydiving anytime soon.

“No. He is not,” Sanders press secretary Symone Sanders (no relation) said in a text message that also included two laughter-emojis. “Can you quote emojis?”

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Rumors that the 74-year-old Vermont senator would be jumping out of a plane to arrive at a rally in Cloverdale, California, on Friday afternoon began when The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California reported that Sanders’ campaign was in contact with a skydiving company ahead of the rally. The report said “Skydiving outfit in contact with Bernie Sanders’ campaign for Cloverdale rally.”

The paper quoted Jimmy Halliday, the president of NorCal Skydiving, who said Sanders campaign staffers had reached out to him to discuss the senator skydiving into the event on Friday.

“I’ve been told they will run the idea by Bernie,” Halliday told the California paper. “I can’t confirm that’s the plan. I know that’s a possibility.”

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