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

Laverne Higgins
January 14, 2020

Polling is tight in Iowa, with Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg and Warren all separated by just 4.7 percentage points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.

Warren said in a statement that during the two-hour meeting to discuss the 2020 election, "among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate".

The script instructs Sanders volunteers to tell voters leaning toward the MA senator that the "people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what" and that "she's bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party".

Editor's note: This is a developing news story.

The day's developments amounted to a weird twist at a crucial moment in the campaign, and left progressives deeply anxious the fight between Warren and Sanders would hurt them both in a tight presidential primary.

Warren went on to say that she wouldn't discuss the private meeting any further because "Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry". Democrats need to reunite our party and that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition.

That echoed a new argument the Warren campaign unveiled this weekend: that she is the candidate who can best unify the different factions of the party, a case new endorser Julián Castro made when introducing the senator on the stump in Iowa.

Sanders had expressed frustration at what he saw as the Democrats' growing interest in identity politics, according to one of the people familiar with the conversation.

(CNN)Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have for more than a year observed a non-aggression pact created to keep the Democratic left united as it seeks to topple the party's leading moderate presidential candidates.

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Sanders has also apparently chided Warren as the candidate of the elite, with Politico reporting that Sanders volunteers were instructed to tell voters that Warren could not expand the Democratic base in a general election. "I would tell her that a woman couldn't win". Kristen Orthman, the Warren campaign's communication director, on the other hand, declined to comment for the story by CNN political correspondent MJ Lee. "Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016".

She said she was "disappointed" Senator Sanders was instructing staffers to "trash" her.

Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders, then seemed to try and defuse the situation, refusing to refute Warren's version and instead saying only on CNN on Monday night that "those conversations can sometimes get misconstrued". In this survey, Sanders and Warren behaved nearly as well as the first choice among women likely to caucus Democrats, while Sanders and Buttigieg were the first choice among men. On Monday, a new poll from Monmouth University put Biden ahead at 24 per cent support, with Sanders at 18 per cent, Buttigieg at 17 per cent and Warren at 15 per cent.

"Their non-aggression pact has lasted a very long time, but he broke it", said Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh. "We can not nominate someone who takes big chunks of the Democratic coalition for granted", she said.

But Marsh added that the dust-up could hurt Sanders among female voters, who have helped power Democratic victories post-Trump. An aide said he was not trying to suggest he was more electable than a woman.

There are 12 candidates now vying for the party's nomination to take on Mr Trump in November. The godfather of the group, Representative Seth Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer and Iraq war veteran who won a House seat in 2014 and later founded VoteVets, a political action committee to recruit former military-intelligence operatives to run for Congress, was briefly a presidential candidate past year.

Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green, co-founders of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has at times praised both Warren and Sanders, released its own statement Monday night saying they "believe that a back-and-forth about this private meeting is counter-productive for progressives".

The report comes amid rising tension between the two candidates' campaigns.

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