Bernie Sanders calls out CNN moderator Jake Tapper
Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., called out CNN debate moderator Jake Tapper for using what he called a “Republican talking point” during Tuesday night’s Democratic Presidential debate.
One of the early questions in the debate centered around the oft-debated “Medicare for all” position and whether the middle class should pay more in taxes in order to support “Medicare for all.”
“People talk about having insurance,” Sanders said. “There are millions of people who have insurance. They can’t and when they come out of the hospital, they go bankrupt. What I am talking about and others up here are talking about is no deductibles and no copayments.
“And Jake, your question is a Republican talking point.”
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Sanders wasn’t done.
“And by the way,” Sanders added, “the healthcare industry will be advertising tonight on this program.”
The exact question Tapper asked before Sanders called him out was directed at Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Sanders responded after Klobuchar spoke.
“Sen. Warren, at the beginning of the night, said that Democrats cannot bring, cannot win the White House with small ideas and spinelessness,” he asked. “In the last debate, she said politicians who are not supporting Medicare for all simply lack the will to fight for it. You do not support Medicare for all. Is Senator Warren correct? Do you just not lack the will to fight for it?”
In his response, Sanders was piggybacking off something Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., said earlier in the night.
“Let’s be clear about this, we are the Democrats,” she said. “We are not about trying to take away healthcare from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do. And we should stop using Republican talking points in order to talk about how to best provide that healthcare.