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Politics Warren Says Sanders Told Her a Woman Could Not Win the Presidency

12:41  14 january  2020
12:41  14 january  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

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In a private meeting in 2018 between Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Mr. Sanders said that he did not think a woman could win the presidency , according to two people familiar with the discussion. Ms. Warren subsequently told associates about

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 "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

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said on Monday night that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont told her in 2018 he did not think a woman could win the presidency. Ms. Warren’s description of the comment, from a private one-on-one meeting, represents a remarkable salvo at her leading liberal rival in the 2020 race just three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren are posing for a picture: Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, pictured during a Democratic debate, spoke privately in December 2018 before they each announced their campaigns for president.© Erin Schaff/The New York Times Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, pictured during a Democratic debate, spoke privately in December 2018 before they each announced their campaigns for president.

Mr. Sanders vehemently denied making the remark earlier on Monday and accused the Warren campaign staff of “lying” about it, in a statement intended to refute a news report by CNN that relied on anonymous sources. The New York Times and other outlets confirmed the CNN report on Monday afternoon, while the Warren campaign initially declined to comment.

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There are reports that during a private meeting in 2018, Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren a woman couldn't win the presidency . Sanders called the report

Sanders denied the characterization of the meeting in a statement to CNN. "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 .

With the two Democrats set to face off Tuesday night in their next televised debate, they now find themselves in the most tense standoff of the Democratic nomination fight: Mr. Sanders insisting he did not make the explosive remark, which risks alienating many Democrats, and Ms. Warren saying on the record that he did make the comment.

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Ms. Warren, in a statement on Monday night, said that Mr. Sanders made the remark at a two-hour meeting in December 2018 where they discussed the 2020 election and “our past work together and our shared goals,” in particular defeating President Trump.

“Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” she said. “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.” She added that she and Mr. Sanders were “friends and allies” and said she believed they would continue to work together to beat Mr. Trump.

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DES MOINES -- Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday said that Senator Bernie Sanders , a fellow progressive and a longtime liberal ally, told her he believed a woman could not win the presidency during a private meeting the two held in 2018. “Among the topics that came up was what would

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 "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

Internally, the Sanders campaign was roiled by Ms. Warren’s statement, which seemed to catch several staff members off guard.

Her statement represents a startling break in the Warren-Sanders relationship, which has largely been cordial and mutually beneficial. The two are both leading candidates in Iowa, where they are fighting for a similar voter slice, and the back-and-forth will most likely animate not only Tuesday night’s debate but the jockeying among the liberal groups and activists who are aligned behind either candidate.

Ms. Warren’s advisers insisted that she had no intention of making this private meeting a public spectacle. However, after Mr. Sanders’s team forcefully denied the reports, some advisers said they believed she had no choice but to offer her account firsthand.

Mr. Sanders, in his statement earlier on Monday, said it was “ludicrous” to think he would have made such a comment.

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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren confirmed earlier reports Monday evening that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders disagreed with her that a Bernie Sanders disagreed with her that a woman could win in 2020 against President Donald Trump. "Bernie and I met for more than two hours in

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a private meeting in 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency , sources say .

“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,” Mr. Sanders said. “Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by three million votes in 2016.”

Mr. Sanders added that he had told Ms. Warren “that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could.”

The people familiar with the 2018 meeting, who were briefed on it shortly after it took place but were not authorized to speak publicly, said Mr. Sanders offered the comment while giving his assessment of the coming race. In relaying to Ms. Warren the challenges he thought her campaign would face, he said not only that President Trump would weaponize sexism, but also that such attacks would preclude a woman from being elected, according to the private accounts.

Larry Cohen, a longtime friend and adviser to Mr. Sanders, had said earlier Monday that Mr. Sanders told him about the meeting after it happened and that he did not believe the report.

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Bernie Sanders denied a report that in a private meeting in December 2018 he told Elizabeth Warren that he didn't believe a woman could win the presidency . "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

Elizabeth Warren confirmed that Bernie Sanders told her in December 2018 that he did not believe that a woman could win the presidency . They also discussed how to best take on President Donald Trump, and Warren laid out two main reasons she believed she would be a strong candidate

“Everything I know about Bernie Sanders for 30 years tells me he would never speak like that, let alone to a woman he admires tremendously,” Mr. Cohen said.

Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, had called on Ms. Warren Monday afternoon to refute the accusation.

“We need to hear from her directly,” Mr. Shakir said, “but I know what she would say — that it is not true, that it is a lie.”

The existence of the meeting has been public since shortly after it happened in December 2018. The New York Times reported shortly after the meeting took place that Ms. Warren had sought it “as a courtesy,” and that neither party had tried to gain the other’s support or discourage the other from running. But the two senators were the only people in the room, and all reports of what was said had been secondhand.

Asked last March whether Mr. Sanders had urged her not to run, Ms. Warren said, “Bernie and I had a private dinner, and my view is that dinner stays private.”

The full political impact of the controversy could hinge on what happens during Tuesday’s debate in Des Moines. Up to this point, Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders have focused their attacks on more moderate rivals, a consequence of their friendship and a desire to not damage the party’s left wing.

However, tensions between the two campaigns — and among their most fervent supporters — have increased in recent days. One well-respected poll from The Des Moines Register and CNN placed Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren as the top two candidates in Iowa, with Mr. Sanders leading the pack.

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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren confirmed earlier reports Monday evening that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders disagreed with her that a woman could win in 2020 against President Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders told her he didn't believe that a woman could win the presidency . Warren , who released a statement Monday evening, said the comment was made during a private meeting in December 2018 to discuss the 2020 election. "I thought a woman could win ; he disagreed," Warren

Beyond how the candidates grapple with the issue is the matter of how exactly it’s perceived — as a sexist gibe by a candidate whose 2016 campaign faced complaints from female staff members, an 11th-hour smear by a candidate who has lost ground or some combination of both.

Over the weekend, Politico reported on a script distributed to volunteers for the Sanders campaign that suggested telling backers of Ms. Warren to support Mr. Sanders instead. “The people who support her are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what,” the script said. “She’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

Responding to the leaked script, Ms. Warren said that Mr. Sanders had been “sending his volunteers out to trash me.”

She urged against repeating the “factionalism” seen among Democrats during the 2016 primary, in which Mr. Sanders faced off against Mrs. Clinton. “We can’t have a repeat of that,” she said. “Democrats need to unite our party and that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition.”

Mr. Sanders said that he had never personally attacked Ms. Warren, and that both campaigns had hundreds of employees, who “sometimes say things that they shouldn’t.”

Late Monday, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, another Democratic presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter that she had also met with Mr. Sanders before announcing her bid.

“We had a nice one-on-one conversation and I informed him that I would be running for president,” she said. “In that meeting, he showed me the greatest respect and encouragement, just as he always has.”

Democracy for America, a prominent progressive group, expressed alarm on Monday at the growing tensions.

“You both are progressive champs & our movement needs to see you working together to defeat your corporate Dem opponents — not attack each other,” the group tweeted. “Progressives will win in 2020, but only if we don’t let the corporate wing or Trump divide us.”

Sydney Ember and Maggie Astor contributed reporting.

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