Elizabeth Warren: Bernie Sanders said a woman couldn't win in 2020

Henrietta Brewer
January 14, 2020

Others have eyed him warily, accusing him and some of his backers, "Bernie Bros", of having a "sexism problem." .

"Joe Biden is the candidate who can beat Donald Trump and fix the damage this president has done to our nation and the world", Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz wrote in a memo to donors obtained by The Guardian.

On Monday, Sanders's presidential ambitions and the aspirations for that elusive "first female president" clashed yet again.

Forty-six percent of likely voters said they thought Biden had the best chance of beating Trump, compared to 25 percent for Sanders and 10 percent for Warren. His campaign called the account, initially attributed to four anonymous individuals, "a lie".

Warren's campaign declined to comment on the report.

Whatever was or wasn't said, the fallout was swift. On social media, progressive debated progressive, ultimately perhaps to the benefit of the candidates' more moderate opponents, particularly former vice president Joe Biden.

But later on Monday, Ms Warren stood by the allegation in a statement.


In Nevada, one of four early nominating contests, a new USA Today/Suffolk poll found Biden with the narrowest of leads over Sanders, 19% to 18%, followed by Warren at 11%.

On Monday Senator Warren said Senator Sanders made the claim when they met privately in 2018.

Both Warren and Buttigieg also have trouble attracting minority voters. A recent Monmouth University poll of Iowa found Biden leading the primary field in Iowa by six percentage points.

Early reactions to the controversy varied starkly.

He added: "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". "I just struggle to believe that's the case". Buttigieg's campaign rolled out a coveted endorsement from Rep. Dave Loebsack, one of three Democratic members of Congress from Iowa.

The debate, which is being held on the campus of Drake University and will be televised on CNN, marks the first forum with an all-white lineup.

"It's nearly a certainty cnn will open the debate tomorrow by asking sanders about the warren/sanders meeting", tweeted political consultant Jordan Uhl. While he's had more than his usual string of gaffes, he's never really stumbled, yet.


But there was a larger history at play.

Sen. Sanders, although historically written off by GOP and Democratic operatives alike, has seen a recent surge in national polls ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Viewers can watch the debate live on CNN or stream it on either of the publications' online platforms beginning at 9 p.m. eastern time. Read the full interview at The New York Times. Sanders apologized to the women, promising to "do better". "I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason". "That's insane talk,"' said Zagoren, who consulted on Hillary Clinton's 2016 primary campaign - and tried to steer her away from talking about health policy entirely.

"When you look at the issues that are confronting communities of color and you look at who has been fighting for you, the Democratic Party's long track record of fighting for diversity and inclusion is something I'm very proud of", Perez said. "Have I ever said one word about Elizabeth Warren?". "No, that's not good enough". We need someone who will excite every part of the Democratic Party, someone who will - who will be there.

Many critics would argue Warren is that kind of woman.

At the meeting in Warren's Washington, D.C., apartment, the two progressive senators, both longtime friends, reportedly vowed not the trash each other in the upcoming Democratic primaries should both decide to toss their hats into the ring. That truce began to fray this weekend, when Politico revealed Sanders's campaign had given volunteer canvassers a script portraying Warren as appealing only to "highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what".

The three candidates were tightly packed as voters' second choice, with 23 percent of likely voters picking Sanders as a second option, 22 percent picking Warren and 20 percent picking Biden.


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