January 14, 2020 - Warren and Sanders Clash on Electability Comments

In response to media reports the day prior that Sanders had previously told Warren that he thought a woman could not win the 2020 presidential, debate moderator Abby Phillips asks Sanders why he said that. Sanders responds by denying the report: “Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it. 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. Anybody knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States.” Phillip then asks Warren, who had already confirmed the story, “What did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?” Warren responds: “I disagreed. Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie. But, look, this question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised, and it’s time for us to attack it head-on. And I think the best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people’s winning record. So, can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women, Amy and me.” Klobuchar adds, “So true.” Klobuchar later adds that she has already addressed these electability concerns on the presidential debate stage and cites women’s political success as evidence that those concerns are invalid.