- Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont were involved in a rare show of discord after the two disagreed on whether she said a woman could not win the presidency.
- CNN released audio of the tense exchange after the Democratic debate between Warren and Sanders on Tuesday night.
- Warren faced Sanders after they both appeared on stage in the seventh Democratic primary debate, accusing him of calling her “a liar on national television.”
- Sanders responded by saying, “Let’s not talk about it now,” before launching the accusation.
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CNN released the audio of the exchange between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders after the Democratic debate in Iowa on Tuesday night.
Warren and Sanders are involved in a rare show of public discord, after Warren confirmed reports that Sanders told him he didn’t believe a woman could win the presidency. The comment was allegedly made during a closed meeting in 2018. Sanders vehemently denied saying the comment.
The discussion arose on Monday, just one day before the two appeared on stage for the seventh Democratic debate, before the Iowa assemblies next month. During the debate, the Vermont senator continued to deny having said the comment.
“I think he called me a liar on national television,” Warren said after the debate, according to the audio published by CNN.
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“If you want to have that discussion, we will have that discussion. Let’s not talk about it at this time. You called me a liar … let’s not do it now,” Sanders replied before walking away to greet fellow fellow 2020 candidate Tom Steyer.
During a private meeting in December 2018, Warren said he met with Sanders to discuss the 2020 elections and raised the issue of the possibility of a Democratic candidate.
“I thought a woman could win; he did not agree,” Warren said in a statement. statement Monday. She said she wouldn’t say anything else because “Bernie and I have much more in common than our differences about wisdom.”
When the story first appeared on CNN, Sanders denied the exchange.
“It is absurd to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me that she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman cannot win,” he told CNN in a statement. “It is sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and one year after that private conversation, the staff that was not in the room lied about what happened.
“What I said that night was that Donald Trump is sexist, racist and liar who would put together everything he could. Do I think a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016 “.