Jul 31, 2019

A debate fundraising quick-turn from Bernie Sanders

A quick-turn solicitation from Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign arrived at 10:05 p.m. ET — 38 minutes before Tuesday's Democratic debate ended:"Make a contribution — of any amount — and we’ll send you our new 'I Wrote the Damn Bill' sticker."

Why it matters: The campaign was capitalizing on an instant-classic moment when Rep. Tim Ryan attempted to challenge Sanders over Medicare for All - to which Sanders said he "wrote the damn bill."

The exchange:

  • Sanders: "Medicare for All is comprehensive — it covers all health care needs. For senior citizens, it will finally include dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses."
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): "But you don't know that — you don't know that, Bernie. ... "
  • Sanders: "I do know it, I wrote the damn bill."

The sticker:

Photo via Sanders campaign

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I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States."
— Sanders tweet
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