Warren: Sanders said a woman couldn’t win
Elizabeth Warren on Monday night confirmed an earlier CNN report that Bernie Sanders told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman can’t win the presidency, according to published reports.
In a statement released to numerous media outlets Monday night, Warren said of her December 2018 meeting with Sanders, “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed. I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.”
Sanders had been denying the CNN report, which was based on anonymous sources, and had accused Warren’s staff of lying.
“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,” Sanders said. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened, Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by three million votes in 2016.”
Warren reportedly did not want to go public with the dispute but chose to when faced with Sanders’ denials and counter-accusations.
The two progressives have until now have largely avoided criticizing each other.
But Warren chastised Sanders over the weekend following a report that his campaign instructed volunteers to speak poorly of her to win over undecided voters.