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Sanders-Cruz Debate on Obamacare Scores Strong Ratings

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 08:52 PM

Tuesday night's CNN debate about Obamacare with Sens. Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders did well ratings-wise for the network.

The Washington Post cites Ad Week figures that say the two-hour event drew 2.46 million viewers — including 932,000 viewers from age 25-54 demographic.

The pair, who finished second in the Republican (Cruz) and Democratic (Sanders) primaries, sparred over former President Barack Obama's healthcare law in front of a live audience.

Cruz highlighted the fact Obamacare has caused millions of people to lose their insurance and their doctors, adding nationalized healthcare in other nations has led to "rationing and waiting periods."

Sanders, on the other hand, championed for everyday Americans who he said are left with higher healthcare costs than those of the upper class.

The debate, per the Post, could have occurred last fall ahead of the presidential election if the two men had won their parties' nominations. Sanders came up short of Hillary Clinton and Cruz lost to Donald Trump.

"You've heard me say once or twice that I don't think the media does a particularly good job covering the issues that matter to working people," Sanders told the Post before Tuesday's event. "I think what happens in presidential campaigns with a series of debates, is good — but there's no reason that those debates can't happen 12 months a year."

Cruz also had a message for his fellow Republican lawmakers in Washington: "honor the promises" the GOP made and erase Obamacare from the books.

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