Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) disputed Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass.) claim that he told her last year that a woman couldnt become president.
“As a matter of fact, I didnt say it,” Sanders said at the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night.
“Anybody knows me knows it is incomprehensible that I wouldnt think that a woman could be president of the United States,” he continued, referencing a video circulating this week showing him decades ago saying a woman should be president.
“Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by three million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could become president of the United States?” Sanders wondered, adding that he “deferred” to Warren in 2015 and only ran after she decided not to. He said that he would support any woman who wins the nomination.
Warren said that Sanders did tell her that a woman couldnt win the election.
“I disagreed” at the time,” Warren said of the December 2018 meeting. “Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie. But, look, this question of whether or not a woman can be president has been raised, and its time to address it head-on.”
She said that the men on the debate stage collectively “lost 10 elections.”
“The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they have been in are the women,” she said. Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) were the only women on the stage, along with four men.
Warren then noted that shed defeated an incumbent Republican in an election.