Dem pollster says 'Medicare for all' won't decide 2020 primary debate

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that the candidates' stances on "Medicare for all" will not ultimately decide who wins the 2020 Democratic primary. 

"I think there will be candidates that run on it," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Monday. "I think it will be apart of the discourse." 

"Do I think it will be a litmus test for Democratic primary voters? Maybe some. I don't think it will be the issue that determines who the Democratic nominee is," she continued. 

"I think what you're going to have is a full field of Democratic candidates who will want to see some of the principals of a Medicare for all proposal that people are really reacting to and that they like," she said. "I think it will be part of the debate. I don't think it will decide the debate." 

The "Medicare for all" idea has been discussed by various 2020 Democratic presidential contenders including Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise MORE (I-Vt.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who announced his candidacy last week.

— Julia Manchester