Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake her hand, according to the audio released Wednesday by CNN.
Democratic presidential rivals are strong progressives who have firmly refused to attack for more than a year in the election campaign. But that changed on Monday, when Warren said that during a private meeting between the two in 2018, he did not agree with her that a woman could win the presidency.
Sanders, a Vermont senator, has denied that, and he did it again during the presidential debate on Tuesday night, which was organized by CNN and the Des Moines Registry and was held in Iowa, whose first committees in the country are 3 February Warren defended his account and said it was time to face the biggest problems of sexism in politics.
That exchange lasted only a few minutes. But after the debate ended, Warren, a Massachusetts senator, approached Sanders, who held out his hand to shake it. Instead, she faced him, and the two spoke briefly in tense tones.
None of the campaigns would confirm what was said on Tuesday night, but CNN released the audio on Wednesday. While she denies her outstretched hand, Warren repeats: “I think you called me a liar on national television.” Sanders rubs it gently with his hand and then says: “Let’s not do it now.”
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“Do you want to have that discussion?” “We will have that discussion.” Warren replies: “Anytime.”
Sanders then adds: “You called me a liar,” before concluding, “Alright, let’s not do it now.”
The exchange was interrupted by environmental candidate Tom Steyer, who said: “I don’t want to get in the middle” and greeted Sanders when the senator walked away.
Warren and Sanders’ aides have tried for days to reduce the dispute, as some progressives fear that the ill will between the two main voices of the cause hurts them both and may benefit the more moderate Democratic presidential candidates like former Vice President Joe. Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The audio release is likely to guarantee that the political struggle continues, at least for now.
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