Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign was quick to seize on a fiery moment from Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, selling “I Wrote The Damn Bill” stickers after his confrontation with Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio).
Sanders maintained during the forum that his “Medicare for All” plan would offer more comprehensive health care coverage for people who would eventually lose their private plans, noting that it would include dental and vision plans for seniors.
Ryan, his presidential opponent, responded, “You don’t know that, Bernie.”
“I do know that, I wrote the damn bill,” Sanders fired back as the crowd burst into applause.
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Bernie Sanders on Medicare for All: “I wrote the damn bill.” pic.twitter.com/ruRdPklxwz
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The White House hopeful was referencing to the Medicare for All bill he’s introduced in the Senate.
Shortly after the now-viral exchange, the Sanders campaign tweeted that a donation of any amount would get the supporter a sticker.
Don’t tell me what’s in Medicare for All. I wrote the damn bill! #DemDebate
Make a contribution and get our sticker now –> https://t.co/cGNDyKXZ5k
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 30, 2019
The candidates participated in a longer debate about the federal government’s role in providing health care.
Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have both supported the Medicare for All platform.
The two senators both received more time and more opportunities to speak than any other candidates during Tuesday’s debate.