Warren to Sanders: 'I think you called me a liar on national TV'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) accused Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) of calling her a liar during Tuesday night’s debate in a tense conversation between the two caught on camera, CNN reported Wednesday.

CNN conducted an inventory of its audio equipment and found recordings of the conversation between the two progressive candidates that occurred immediately following the debate, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. The release of the audio came after a day of speculation about what was said.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren said to Sanders, to which Sanders responded, “What?”


Warren then repeated what she’d said.

“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders said, to which Warren replied, “Anytime.”

“You called me a liar,” Sanders added. “You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”


Many Twitter users commented on the exchange, which aired without audio, noting that the two didn’t end up shaking hands.

Fellow candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE appeared caught in the middle of the conversation as he waited to shake hands with the other candidates. He later told MSNBC that he did not hear what the candidates were saying. 

“Whatever they were going on between each other, I was trying to get out of the way as fast as possible,” he said.

The Hill reached out to Warren’s and Sanders’s campaigns for comment. Both declined to comment to CNN.

The conversation followed a burgeoning feud between the senators. Warren has accused Sanders of telling her a woman could not win the presidency when they met in 2018 and doubled down on the claim during the debate. The Vermont senator has repeatedly and vigorously denied Warren’s account of the conversation, including on the debate stage Tuesday night.

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