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In debate, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren remain at odds over their 2018 meeting

During the seventh Democratic debate Tuesday evening, Sen. Bernie Sanders emphatically denied telling Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018 that he didn’t assume a girl couldn’t win the 2020 presidential election.

And the Massachusetts senator didn’t budge from her account that he did.

Citing his document going again a long time, Sanders known as the notion he expressed such an thought “incomprehensible.”

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“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” the Vermont senator mentioned, when pressed on the topic by debate moderator and CNN reporter Abby Phillip.

“I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and, maybe, some of the media want,” he continued. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not become president of the United States.”

Bernie Sanders denied having as soon as informed Elizabeth Warren {that a} lady could not be elected president.

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Sanders referred to the truth that there’s a video of him saying “a woman could be elected president of the United States” in 1988. Sanders mentioned he even “deferred” to Warren throughout the earlier presidential election cycle, ready till she determined to not enter the race — regardless of efforts to draft her — earlier than launching his personal 2016 marketing campaign.

“There was a movement to draft Senator Warren to run for president, and you know what? I stayed back,” Sanders mentioned.

Sanders went on to notice that the occasion’s eventual 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, received the nationwide common vote by almost three million votes, regardless of dropping the Electoral College to President Donald Trump.

“How could anybody in a million years think that a woman could not become president of the United States?” he mentioned. “And let me be very clear, if any of the women on this stage or any of the men on this stage win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case; I hope it’s me — but if they do, I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected in order to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country.”

Asked once more if he was saying he “never” informed Warren {that a} lady couldn’t win the election, Sanders confirmed: “That is correct.”

CNN first reported earlier this week that Sanders informed Warren that he didn’t assume a girl may win the presidency throughout a 2018 meeting, throughout which the 2 ideological allies reportedly agreed they might possible each run in 2020. Sanders known as the account “ludicrous” and his marketing campaign supervisor, Faiz Shakir, mentioned it was a “lie.”

But after the Sanders marketing campaign’s pushback, Warren issued an announcement Monday evening that mentioned Sanders “disagreed” together with her perception that “a woman could win.” BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that Warren’s marketing campaign has since tried to deescalate the uncommon rift between the 2 longtime pals.

Still, throughout the debate Tuesday, Warren stood by her characterization of the 2018 meeting.

“I disagreed,” she repeated throughout the debate, after Phillip requested what she thought when Sanders “told you a woman could not win the election,” considerably disregarding Sanders’s reply simply seconds earlier.

“Bernie is my friend and I am not here to fight with Bernie,” Warren mentioned.

But she mentioned the query had been “raised” — in response to the Washington Post, it was Warren who introduced up the query throughout the 2018 meeting with Sanders — and that it was time to “attack it head on.”

A report final June discovered that girls (and folks of shade) win elections at equal charges as white males, although they remain underrepresented in authorities as a result of white males usually tend to run for workplace.

While a number of research have instructed that sexism did have an effect on the end result of the 2016 presidential election, Warren mentioned the sector of 2020 candidates informed a special story. Only she and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar had by no means misplaced a political marketing campaign.

“Can a woman beat Donald Trump?” she requested. “Look at the men on this stage. Collectively they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every election that they’ve been in are the women, Amy and me.”

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