The Seventh Democratic Debate

Henrietta Strickland
January 16, 2020

CNN is drawing fire from Bernie Sanders supporters for a debate moderator's question that appeared to dismiss his denial of a story that he had told rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn't win the presidential election.

On Wednesday, CNN released the audio from the two candidates' microphones. Warren was seen after the debate refusing to shake Sanders' hand after Sanders was asked during the debate whether he told Warren that a woman could not win the presidential election.

Although Shakir didn't explain what Warren's "concern" was, one would assume their conversation had something to do with their ongoing dispute about a 2018 conversation in which Warren claims Sanders said a woman couldn't be elected president in 2020.

"I think you called me a liar on national TV", Warren can be heard saying.

It provoked anger among Sanders supporters on Twitter, one of whom wrote that fellow fans of the Vermont senator should tweet to CNN "and let them know just how bad and unreasonable" its work on the debate had been. "If you want to have that discussion, we'll have that discussion".

Sanders: "You called me a liar".

Another Democratic candidate, billionaire Tom Steyer, who was standing behind the two, said: "I don't want to get in the middle". 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. Both represent the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and have pushed for more liberal policies such as medicare for all. "We have worked together in the Senate for years".

After Warren raised this unspecified concern, Sanders said "let's talk about that later", Shakir told the Post. After Warren issued a statement late Monday timidly confirming the allegation (which Sanders denies) - "I thought a woman could win; he disagreed", she said - a debate night face-off was all but guaranteed.

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