While the main candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are preparing for their last debate before the important Iowa assemblies, two of the leading progressive candidates are in the attack for a conversation they had over a year ago.
On Monday, CNN reported on a conversation between Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders at Warren’s apartment in Washington in December 2018. The two met to discuss the 2020 elections, according to the report, and focused on how they could “remain civilians and avoid attacking each other, so as not to damage the progressive movement.”
But the report cites four anonymous sources who say Sanders told Warren, after she submitted her nomination for the Democratic nomination, that he did not believe that a woman could win the elections.
Sanders denied the account.
“It is absurd to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me that she was running for president, I would tell her that a woman cannot win,” Sanders told CNN. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and one year after that private conversation, the staff that wasn’t in the room lied about what happened.”
Sanders said he called President Donald Trump “sexist, racist and liar” during that conversation.
“I think a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by three million votes in 2016.”
Kristin Orthman, Warren’s communications director, initially declined to comment to CNN. But on Monday night, she posted a statement from the candidate on Twitter. In it, Warren contradicts Sanders’ claim.
“Among the issues that arose was what would happen if the Democrats nominated a candidate,” he said. “I thought a woman could win; he did not agree.”
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In his statement, Warren said the two-hour meeting focused on how they could work better together on their “shared goals: beat Donald Trump, recover our government from the rich and well connected, and build an economy that works for everyone. “.
Warren says he “has no interest” in continuing to discuss the meeting because the two candidates “have much more in common than our differences in wisdom.”
“I’m in this race to talk about what’s broken in this country and how to fix it, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing. I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason.”
She said the two “have been friends and allies for a long time,” and said that “no doubt” the two will continue to work together to defeat Trump.
Debate set for Tuesday
The crack at the base of their cordial relationship could widen in Tuesday night’s debate, which will see the two face off against former Vice President Joe Biden, former Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Billionaire investor and environmentalist Tom Steyer.
As the multitude of Democratic nominee candidates slips and the campaign progresses to the Iowa assemblies on February 3, the remaining candidates will seek any advantage they can gain in the first major primary competition. The candidates’ presentations that day can make or break their candidacies, even having a big impact on fundraising.
Warren and Sanders, for a long time the two most progressive candidates, will begin to differentiate as they head to the primary season, and polls show that Sanders has a slight advantage in Iowa. Those efforts could produce fireworks in Tuesday’s debate. .
Last week, a CNN / Des Moines Register survey put Sanders on top of the field with 20 percent support. Warren and Buttigieg were in a statistical draw with Sanders, while Biden was behind with 15 percent support. On Monday, a new Monmouth University survey put Biden ahead with 24 percent support, with Sanders with 18 percent, Buttigieg with 17 percent, and Warren with 15 percent. The margin of error of five points of the survey put the four in a statistical tie.
The war of words between Warren and Sanders follows an increase in sexist attacks on Warren, even on social media later, and not for the first time, the video of his dance at a campaign rally last week went viral.
Cory Booker, who retired from the Democratic race, came out on his defense on Twitter and wondered why Warren is criticized for awkward dance moves while his “dad jokes” get a pass.
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