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Sanders scores Ocasio-Cortez endorsement as centrist candidates make post-debate gains

After suffering a heart attack a few weeks ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders held a large weekend rally in New York where the Democratic presidential candidate got a boost in the form of the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Oasio-Cortez. Meanwhile, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg spent the weekend building on gains they made during the last debate. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    We turn now to the Democratic presidential race. Candidates spent the weekend working to drum up enthusiasm among primary voters in the crowded contest.

    At a Saturday rally of more than 20,000 people in Queens, New York, Bernie Sanders had a clear message.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:

    I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States. To put it bluntly, I am back.


  • Judy Woodruff:

    Less than three weeks after suffering a heart attack, the Vermont senator got a big boost, the endorsement of New York freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    As Sanders is seeking to establish the legacy of his political revolution…

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:

    Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be putting out a plan.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    … his progressive presidential rival, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, is fending off criticism. It is over how she'd pay for Medicare for all, Sanders' signature health care plan, which Warren supports.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

    So, I have been working on this for a long time now. It's still got a little more work before it's ready to roll out.

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.:

    I think you have to show how you're going to pay for things.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, centrist candidates like Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg spent the weekend building on the gains they have made in the race after clashing with Warren on health care in the last debate.

    Klobuchar enjoyed large crowds in Iowa, while a new USA Today poll of Iowa caucus-goers put Buttigieg within striking distance of former Vice President Joe Biden, Warren, and Sanders.

  • Joseph Biden:

    American teachers deserve a generous raise, and I'm going to make sure they get one.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    With teacher strikes ongoing in Chicago, Biden this weekend, at an event in New York with 1,000 union teachers, promised better teacher wages if he's elected president.

    Today, Warren released a new $800 billion K-12 education plan that she says she'd fund with a wealth tax.

  • Andrew Yang:

    There are a lot of them in the Yang Gang.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Elsewhere on the campaign trail this weekend, Democratic presidential candidates still trying to break through in the crowded field held events from South Carolina to Alabama to Iowa.

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