Bernie Sanders denies telling Elizabeth Warren a woman can't win

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2020

On Monday, the Vermont senator faced a slew of headlines when he denied a CNN report on a December 2018 meeting between himself and Warren in which he allegedly told the MA progressive that he didn't think a woman could win the presidency in 2020. Some number of Democrats may be saying "I'd vote for a woman, just not this woman" and say that about every female candidate. The New Jersey senator added that he was on Hillary Clinton's 2016 shortlist and had already been vetted. Elizabeth Warren supporters, meanwhile, can argue she would bridge the progressive and centrist wings of the party.

The leaked story that broken by CNN and initially only attributed to "sources" claimed that during a 2018 meeting between Sanders and Warren, who have always described themselves as friends, he told her he didn't think a woman could win the 2020 election after she told him she was going to run for president.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) arrives for a campaign stop at Berg Middle School on January 11 in Newton, Iowa.

McCarthy also cited Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and the controversy surrounding the delegate process at the time.

Warren says she has "no interest" in discussing the meeting further because the two hopefuls "have far more in common than our differences on punditry". The implication is that Sanders or someone high-up in his team made that statement.

"People coming home to Joe, as we get closer and it gets more serious and the world gets more risky, this is the candidate that at least my friends are gravitating toward", Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller told reporters and volunteers Monday at a campaign stop after endorsing Biden. It then pivots to the criticisms of Warren.

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Despite their generational similarities and working class roots, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are running on very different policy platforms. That said, this headline is a major exaggeration of what actually happened. "I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason", Warren continued.

Viewership for the debates has been dropping, with the last one watched live on television by less than 6.2 million people, down from the more than 18 million who tuned in for the second night of the first debate on June 27, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And in that case, it was Warren who seemed to take offense at the headline without knowing much more about the reality of the situation.

Buttigieg and Biden have pro-corporate, anti-worker records which should be fully known by voters before they choose their favored nominee, Justice Democrats says.

Sanders' campaign did not immediately respond to a request to comment on Warren's confirmation of the CNN account.

Sanders' support jumped by 10 points since PPIC last surveyed Californians in November, while support for Warren and Biden remained flat. Because they all have issues. It feels manufactured and it feels far beneath the candidates involved. "I mean there's a lot of permutations here - a lot of strategic decisions you've got to make".

The debate is likely to be overshadowed by the impeachment saga, as Democrat speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that her party will meet on Tuesday to decide when to transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate.

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