Sanders says he raised $1.1 million since debate

Sanders says he raised $1.1 million since debate
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DETROIT — Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino MORE (I-Vt.) has raised more than $1 million for his presidential bid since he sparred with several moderate contenders during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, his campaign said. 

The $1.1 million fundraising haul was bolstered by more than 70,000 donations, according to the progressive senator’s campaign. 

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“Bernie Sanders commanded the debate, his vision and ideas dominated the stage, and he left absolutely no doubt that he is the best candidate ready to take this fight to Donald Trump and finally bring the change we need to America,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager. 

“Bernie Sanders stood out as a champion of working people and marginalized communities,” he said.

During the Tuesday night showdown, Sanders vigorously defended some of his signature policy proposals, most notably "Medicare for All," against a flurry of attacks from more moderate Democrats, including Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanCongress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left Democrats rally behind monthly ,000 relief checks MORE (D-Ohio) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyJohn Delaney endorses Biden Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.). 

One of the most notable moments of the debate came after Sanders asked to respond to Delaney’s argument that campaigning on Medicare for All is “political suicide” that will bolster President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order MORE’s chances for reelection.

“You’re wrong,” Sanders sniped at Delaney.

For Sanders, the debate was another chance for him to explain his liberal positions on a handful of issues and draw a sharp contrast with others in the field who represent the more compromise-minded wing of the party.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting MORE (D-Mass.), who was also onstage Tuesday, formed a sort of unified front with Sanders during the debate, and likewise found herself sparring with the field’s centrists

In another standout moment, Sanders dismissed a claim from Ryan that he did not know exactly how a Medicare for All system would work.

“I do know,” Sanders said. “I wrote the damn bill.”