Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the 2020 progressive standard-bearers. Here's where they disagree on policy

sanders warren policies 2x1Bauzen/GC Images; Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderSens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.Bauzen/GC Images; Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have a lot in common. 

The two presidential candidates want universal healthcare through a single-payer program, significantly higher taxers on the wealthiest Americans, and the elimination of a vast majority - if not all - of Americans' student debt, among other progressive policies. 

About two-thirds of Sanders' supporters say they'd support Warren if she's ultimately the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, according to recent Insider polling. Although Sanders' base tends to skew more working-class than Warren's, which is disproportionately made up of white Americans with college degrees. 

But the two most progressive candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary have some divergent ideas about how to tackle certain policies and describe themselves as different kinds of reformers. 

Sanders and Warren, who are longtime friends and allies, have fundamentally different views on capitalism and diverging approaches to politics. While Sanders is a democratic socialist calling for a "political revolution," Warren calls herself "a capitalist to my bones" calling for big, structural change. 

And while Sanders' allies say he's the only candidate pushing for "systemic transformation" of American society, Warren's supporters say she's the best-equipped progressive to get things done in Washington. 

There's been much punditry on the philosophical and tactical differences between the two candidates. But when it comes down to their policy proposals, here are some areas where they differ. 

 

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