Saturday, 18 January, 2020

USA election: 'Sanders said no woman could win', Warren says

Jill Biden dismisses Sanders' 'ridiculous' claim Sen. Elizabeth Warren ‘disappointed’ Sen. Bernie Sanders sent ‘volunteers out to trash me’
Gustavo Carr | 14 January, 2020, 12:38

Ms Warren said the comment was made during a two-hour meeting with Mr Sanders in 2018.

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

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

"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", Warren continued. "We need someone who would bring our party together".

While Sanders and Warren have, until this weekend, publicly defended each other on the debate stage and in media interviews, Sanders' team says they're expecting attacks from the MA senator on the debate stage.

Warren and Sanders are among six candidates who will face off on Tuesday in the seventh Democratic presidential debate, the last before the February 3 Iowa caucuses, which kick off the state nominating contests. "I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason".

Politico reports: "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.' ... In my view, a woman could be elected president of the United States", Sanders said".

In recent months, in his foreign policy statements, Sanders has referred to an "axis" of dictatorial rulers linked to Trump, including Vladimir Putin in Russian Federation.

"I probably would be doing that work today but... by the end of the 1st year, I was visibly pregnant, & the principal did what principals did in those days - wished me luck & hired someone else", Warren told voters at a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire. Warren told a school choice activist that she sent her kids to public institutions but records show that Warren sent her son to private schools in Texas and Pennsylvania.

"People have to decide do they want originals or do they want copies", Nina Turner, Sanders' campaign co-chair, told CNN over the summer.

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"The two agreed that if they ultimately faced each other as presidential candidates, they should remain civil and avoid attacking one another, so as not to hurt the progressive movement".

But polling out of Iowa show a very narrow lead for Biden over Sanders in an aggregate of polls, with both Buttigieg and Warren close behind.

Sanders is eager to take the fight to Biden, as his advisers believe his message on income inequality and major structural change can appeal to the same white working-class voters that make up much of Biden's base.

"[The media wants] to anoint the person who's going to win and that's what they do", Gutfeld said on "The Five". "They are wrong. If the best Democrats can offer is business as usual after Donald Trump, Democrats will lose".

Speaking earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden noted the role of sexism in the 2016 campaign, when Trump beat Hillary Clinton, and said "That's not going to happen with me", according to the New York Times. "Women are held to a higher standard", the Minnesota Democrat said.

There are 12 candidates now vying for the party's nomination to take on Mr Trump in November.

And Charles Chamberlain, chairman of the liberal group Democracy for America, warned that a failure of the two to work together "can cost us the election".

"We also believe that a back-and-forth about this private meeting is counter-productive for progressives", the group's cofounders said in a statement.

The two progressive senators have refrained from engaging each other in negative attacks throughout the Democratic primary.

"This fire was started", Chamberlain said, but "it can be put out by leadership by example from the top".