Warren: San­ders said a woman couldn’t win

Boston Herald - - News - By JULES CRITTENDEN

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.

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