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In his first interview since announcing his 2020 presidential campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called on the media to help sell his brand of socialism to American voters. Talking to CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson for an interview aired on Tuesday, Sanders dismissed questions about the details of his radical Medicare-for-all proposal and lectured that the press must “explain the truth” of what a “good deal” it would be for people.
Sanders touted how “many of the ideas that I talked about, Medicare-for-all, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making public colleges and universities tuition free” that were considered “radical” or “extreme” when he previously ran in 2016 had supposedly become “part of the political mainstream.”
Dickerson - Party - Way - Sanders - Well
Dickerson observed: “So you’re saying the party came your way?” Sanders agreed: “Well, I don’t want to say that. I think most people would say that.” In response, Dickerson offered a campaign slogan: “Is that your argument, then, against your competitors? Which is, ‘I was Medicare-for-all before Medicare-for-all was cool.’” Sanders chuckled and replied: “I guess that’s one way of looking at it.”
That sentiment echoed a report from ABC’s Good Morning America in which correspondent Terry Moran gushed that Sanders “made democratic socialism cool for millions of voters.” During his 2016 run, Sanders was treated to similar media adulation over his radical agenda and “fearless” socialism.
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However, unlike Moran, Dickerson followed up by actually raising problems with government-run health care:
...you have talked about the fact that polls show 70% are in favor of Medicare-for-all. But that number drops to 37% if somebody hears private insurance is going to go away, which is what your plan offers. So I guess my question is, you’re offering something that the polling shows people can get very spooked very quickly about....The other challenge to your health care plan...
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