Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speak during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images I’m your humble host and editor Ezekiel Kweku, and this evening I’m talking with Gabriel Debenedetti about the recent allegation – originally…
I’m your humble host and editorEzekiel Kweku, and this evening I’m talking with Gabriel Debenedetti about the recent allegation – originally levied by anonymous sources, but later supported by a statement by Elizabeth Warren – that Sanders told Warren a woman couldn’t win in 2020.
Ezekiel:So the long-awaited direct conflict between Warren and Sanders has finally come, in the form of a story that Sanders told Warren, in a private meeting, that he didn’t think a woman could win the nomination. First question I think that’s on most people’s minds is: did this come from Warren, and if so, why this, and why now?
a new national poll out from Quinnipiac said that Warren was the first choice for the majority of Sanders voters and vice versa. Given Biden’s lead in the polls… it seems like some conflict was inevitable. What do you think the immediate ramifications are going to be? I’m thinking of the debate stage, obviously, but more generally in the road to the beginning of people actually casting ballots? four-way tie, no matter how many stories about Sanders’ surge ignore margins of error. To the previous point, though, I will say there is one thing that could still change some of the voter, and candidate, perceptions of all this: a Sanders response to Warren’s statement. There’s a big difference between what could happen if he says she misunderstood versus if he says she’s lying, and so on.
Ezekiel:Yes, it will be interesting to see Sanders’ response (also interesting to see Warren’s unambiguous confirmation of the story). If you were advising his camp, how would you advise them to proceed? And a connected question: we talked a little bit about the short-run – do you think that this is something that’s going to stick with voters, say, if Sanders says there’s no truth whatsoever to the allegations?
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