In a call to arms designed to further affirm his populist credentials and distinguish himself in a crowded primary field, Sen. (I-Vt.) committed on Wednesday to reject contributions of $200 or more from executives at the country’s pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, as well as the political action committees and lobbyists who represent them.

He then challenged his fellow contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination to pledge the same, dedicating a on his campaign site to the appeal.

“If we are going to break the stranglehold of corporate interests over the health care needs of the American people, we have got to confront a Washington culture that is corrupt ― that puts profits ahead of the needs of the American

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