Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care in new ad ahead of debate

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE took aim at fellow 2020 contenders Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats reintroduce bill to block US from using nuclear weapons first CEO who gave employees K minimum wage says revenue tripled 6 years later Forgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump was right about 'trying to end endless wars' Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Bernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' MORE (I-Vt.) on health care in a new ad on Tuesday ahead of the fourth Democratic debate. 

The digital ad, titled "Makes More Sense," features a number of television anchors and analysts talking about the South Bend, Ind., mayor's plan, and comparing it to Sanders's and Warren's "Medicare for All" proposal. 


“Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren believe that we have to force ourselves into Medicare for All, where private insurance is abolished," Joe Lockhart, a CNN political analyst and former press secretary to President Clinton, said in a video clip that was included in the ad. 

"Mayor Pete said, ‘Medicare for all who want it.’ That’s a much better formulation," CNN political commentator Van Jones said in another clip in the ad. 

The digital ad is set to air in Iowa on a number of platforms, according to Buttigieg's campaign. 

The ad's release comes hours before the debate in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday evening, signaling that Buttigieg could hit Sanders and Warren over their proposed Medicare for All plans. 

Warren's and Sanders's plans would replace private health insurance with a single program run by the government. 

Buttigieg has criticized the progressive senators' positions on health care in the past, questioning whether their plans would raise taxes on the middle class. 

The mayor has proposed automatically enrolling individuals without health insurance, while also allowing those who have insurance through their employer to keep their plans or join the new government plan. 

— This report was updated at 7:08 a.m.