- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been engaged in a rare show of discord after the two disagreed on whether he said a woman couldn’t win the presidency.
- CNN released audio from a tense exchange between the two after Tuesday night’s presidential debate.
- Warren confronted Sanders after the two appeared onstage in the seventh Democratic primary debate, accusing him of calling her a “liar on national TV.”
- Sanders replied by saying “Let’s not talk about that now,” before throwing the accusation right back at her.
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CNN released audio from the exchange between Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders after the Democratic presidential debate in Iowa on Tuesday night.
Warren and Sanders are engaged in a rare show of public discord after Warren said Sanders told her during a closed-door meeting between the two in 2018 that he didn’t believe a female candidate could defeat President Donald Trump.
The argument emerged in news reports Monday, just one day before the two appeared onstage for the final Democratic debate before next month’s Iowa caucuses. Sanders vehemently denied saying the comment in response to the reports, and he did so again during the debate, contradicting Warren.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren said after the debate, according to audio published by CNN.
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“Let’s not do it right now,” Sanders responded. “You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.”
Warren interjected “anytime” as Sanders went on to say, “You called me a liar, you told me – all right let’s not do it now.”
The two then turned away from each other and their fellow candidate Tom Steyer, who had approached them as Sanders began his response to Warren, said, “I don’t want to get involved – I just want to say hi, Bernie.”
“Yeah good, OK,” Sanders said.
The issue has sparked a rare public disagreement between Sanders and Warren. Sanders issued his most detailed statement in response to the initial the reports about the 2018 meeting, which attributed anonymous sources who did not attend it.
“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” he told CNN in a statement. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened.
“What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist, and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”
But then Warren went on to make the claim herself, prompting the two to contradict each other at the debate.
“I thought a woman could win – he disagreed,” Warren said in a statementMonday. She said she wouldn’t say any more because “Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.”
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