Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

How 2020 Democrats fared in final debate before Iowa caucuses

How 2020 Democrats fared in final debate before Iowa caucuses

While both candidates said on Tuesday night that they did not want to engage in personal attacks, the conflict did allow each to make a pitch for their own ability to defeat President Trump.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders just had a fight worthy of "Real Housewives" TV.

Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile said on Wednesday that the "status quo" top tier of the Democratic primary was unaffected by a "status quo debate".

Prior to Tuesday's debate, Sanders topped a poll of Iowan voters, beating out Warren, Biden, and Buttigieg. He then turned and walked away.

Now CNN, an organizer of the debate, has released the audio from their microphones.

After failing to shake Sanders' hands, Warren said: "I think you called me a liar on national TV".

The interaction stems from an anonymously sourced report from CNN which claimed that Sanders disagreed with Warren during a December 2018 meeting that a woman could win the presidency.

"I think you called me a liar on national TV", Warren repeats.

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"Let's not do it right now", Sanders responded.

"If you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion", to which Ms Warren retorted "Anytime".

When CNN moderators asked Sanders why he questioned whether a woman could win, he denied it altogether. "I just want to say "hi" to Bernie".

"I don't know that there's any trade agreement that the senator would ever think made any sense", Biden said.

But on Sunday, Warren went after Sanders, saying that staffers on Sanders' campaign have "trashed" her. Sanders tried to distance himself from the accusations.

'The best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people's winning record.

Many Warren supporters, meanwhile, recoiled at what some saw as an ugly return of the so-called "Bernie Bro" mentality that marked the 2016 Democratic contest and, by withholding support from Hillary Clinton, helped elect Donald Trump. Amy Klobuchar had won all of their elections while the men on stage hadn't. "If any of the women on this stage or any of the men on this stage win the nomination - I hope that's not the case, I hope it's me - but if they do, I will do everything in my power to make sure that they are elected in order to defeat the most unsafe president in our country". Collectively they have lost 10 elections. The fact that CNN broke the initial story about the alleged conversation between the candidates, first based on anonymous sourcing but then confirmed by Warren, added another layer of intrigue.

Senator Amy Klobuchar jumped in to echo Warren's point, adding that two of the Democrats who ousted Republicans from crucial statewide governorships were women, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of MI and Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas.

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