Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (D-N.J.), a 2020 White House hopeful, defended his middle ground approach to universal health care Sunday.
NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddHealth officials warn against jumping to conclusions on omicron Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case Cohen says Trump will lose if he runs in 2024 MORE said Booker seems to be trying to "bridge a divide" between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) the three top candidates in the race.
"Yeah, look. I can't stand these people that say these bright lanes. For me, I feel it when I talk to really good people on that stage that I know, that there is a unifying message here that, look, we are a nation with a savagely broken health care system. Not the guy that's trying to take it away that's in the White House right now," Booker said on Meet the Press.
WATCH: Sen. Cory Booker says Democrats are putting “forth a vision” to fix the healthcare system #MTP #IfItsSunday@CoryBooker: “We're going to fight to get there. We can put the ideal out there ... in other words, not sacrifice progress for purity.” pic.twitter.com/Mnp3a43JxW— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 15, 2019
"We've seen since Obama Affordable Care Act number uninsured in this country go down significantly. We're the party that's trying to say, 'Everybody should have health insurance.' We're going to fight to get there. We can put the ideal out there but walk and chew gum at the same time. In other words, not sacrifice progress for purity."
Booker's health care proposal falls between what the top candidates are proposing. While he advocates for a goal of achieving "Medicare for All," he doesn't go so far as Warren and Sanders in calling to eliminate private insurance companies.
It's similar to approaches other candidates, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump: McConnell must use debt limit to crush Biden agenda Building back a better vice presidency Stacey Abrams nominated to board of solar energy firm MORE who like Booker signed onto Sanders' Medicare for All bill, have taken during the primary.