Debate question draws fire for ignoring Sanders' denial

Sanders-Warren Clash on Women Elevates Acrimony in Iowa Debate

Sanders-Warren Clash on Women Elevates Acrimony in Iowa Debate

When the CNN/Des Moines Register debate concluded, the studio audience and viewers saw Warren walk over to Sanders and not shake his outstretched hand.

Sanders disputed Warren's claim that Sanders made those comments.

"Well, as a matter of fact, I didn't say it", Sanders replied. "And I don't want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want". But he has denied claiming a woman couldn't win, saying during the debate, "Anybody who knows me knows that it's incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States". "If you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., responds to a question on January 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. "You told me - all right, let's not do it now". Bernie Sanders talk on January 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. "We have worked together in the Senate for years". Elizabeth Warren - who was also in that first debate with Klobuchar.

This exchange between Sanders and Warren became one of the evening's most talked-about moments, primarily because Warren seemed to rebuff Sanders as he reached out for a handshake.

After Warren raised this unspecified concern, Sanders said "let's talk about that later", Shakir told the Post.

The two US senators and liberal standard bearers in the Democrats' nominating contest to pick a candidate to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November had been locked in a dispute before and during the debate over an allegation by Warren that Sanders had told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not be elected president.

During Tuesday's debate, Sanders said that he believes a woman could win, and said that Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote in 2016 as evidence a woman could win.

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