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 SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum 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) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE (D-Ohio) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Analysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 Ann WarrenWarren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted 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.”