Bernie Sanders said he – as president – would take the idea of compromising with Republicans on health care on a “case-by-case” basis, arguing that he could convince the American public to join him.
Sanders’ ability to move the American people is central to many of his policy pitches. And Sanders critics often raise questions about how the Vermont senator would actually pass the sweeping changes he proposes.
“Are there compromises you're willing to make with Republicans to get close to what you want,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Sanders.
“You got to look at it at a case by case moment,” Sanders said. “I think, for example, you go to Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky, which is a state where a lot of people are struggling, and you” make the case directly to them.
"My guess is 70 to 80% of the people" will end up supporting his plans, he said.
“My job as president is to rally the people and tell their senators to support it. I think we can do that,” Sanders said.