Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign was quick to seize on a fiery moment from Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, selling “I Wrote The Damn Bill” stickers after his confrontation with Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOhio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE (D-Ohio).
Sanders maintained during the forum that his "Medicare for All" plan would offer more comprehensive health care coverage for people who would eventually lose their private plans, noting that it would include dental and vision plans for seniors.
Ryan, his presidential opponent, responded, “You don’t know that, Bernie.”
“I do know that, I wrote the damn bill,” Sanders fired back as the crowd burst into applause.
Bernie Sanders on Medicare for All: "I wrote the damn bill." pic.twitter.com/ruRdPklxwz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 30, 2019
The White House hopeful was referencing to the Medicare for All bill he’s introduced in the Senate.
Shortly after the now-viral exchange, the Sanders campaign tweeted that a donation of any amount would get the supporter a sticker.
The candidates participated in a longer debate about the federal government’s role in providing health care.
Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam White House faces increased cries from allies on Haitian migrants MORE (D-Mass.) have both supported the Medicare for All platform.
The two senators both received more time and more opportunities to speak than any other candidates during Tuesday’s debate.