Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report Clinton comes under pressure from left in campaign’s homestretch Clinton fails to contain damage from email leaks MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday argued that he is beyond reproach from Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Liberal group sends puppies to the polls to get out millennials Trump giving million to campaign: reports MORE on healthcare.
“To criticize me on healthcare is not quite fair because I have been a leader in Congress from day one in the fight for universal healthcare, to make certain that in the United States, we join the rest of the industrialized world [and] guarantee healthcare to all people,” he told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I don’t have to defend myself to anybody about the role I played in healthcare. I do believe that we should move to a Medicare-for-all healthcare system, which finally says that healthcare is a right to all people in our country, something which differentiates me from [former] secretary [of State] Clinton.”
Sanders praised Clinton for helping spearhead the push for universal healthcare in America, however.
“I have always said that Hillary Clinton did a very, very good job as first lady,” he said of her work on the issue during her husband's presidential administration. "She kind of broke the mold as to what a first lady should be doing."