The gauntlet was thrown down after Delaney found some common ground with Sanders after the senator criticized the DNC’s debate format, which he described as “demeaning” due to the time constraints.

“Although Senator Sanders and I think about politics very differently, I do agree that the current debate format makes it hard to have an in-depth, fact-based discussion,” he said in a press release Thursday.

“You can’t talk about an issue like health care in 30-second clips and do it justice. Senator, I’ll debate you on health care anywhere you want, long-form format. The two of us are driving the discussion across the party on the best way to achieve universal health care. Let’s get in-depth and talk about the facts.” […]