Jan 2, 2020

Michael Bennet releases $6 trillion "Real Deal" plan

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has released his "Real Deal" — a $6 trillion plan that addresses universal pre-K, housing and Medicare, AP reports.

The big picture: Other 2020 candidates, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), have released sweeping plans and continue to poll at the top while Bennet has failed to qualify for a primary debate since July.

  • Bennet has argued large proposals about free college or single-payer health care would never pass Congress.

How it works: Bennet said he would pay for his plan by repealing many of President Trump's tax cuts and by increasing taxes with his "smart wealth tax."

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the fact that Bennet's plan focuses on Medicare (not Medicaid) and that he has previously criticized single-payer health care (not universal).

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Michael Bennet on the issues, in under 500 words

Sen. Michael Bennet. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, running for president as something of a moderate among Democrats, made headlines earlier this year with an emotional outburst on the Senate floor that saw him tear into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over the government shutdown. He also announced in April that he was successfully treated for prostate cancer.

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Klobuchar: Obamacare is more popular than Trump

Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke on the Affordable Care Act and how she believes it's better to build on the plan than try to bring in something new, splitting from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who back Medicare for All.

"The Affordable Care Act is 10 points more popular than the president of the United States. The answer is to build on it."
— Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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Debate night: Candidates' last chance before nation's first presidential contest

Warren, Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg on Jan. 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Six 2020 candidates offered their positions on issues including beating Trump, climate change, impeachment in the seventh Democratic debate Tuesday night.

Why it matters: The debate is the last before the Iowa caucus — the first real test of candidates' appeal to voters — on Feb. 3, as the top four Democrats stand statistically neck and neck with caucus-goers.

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