Gabbard on personal meeting with Sanders: 'He showed me the greatest respect'

Gabbard on personal meeting with Sanders: 'He showed me the greatest respect'
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted Monday that when she met with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) before announcing her presidential campaign, he “showed me the greatest respect.”

“We had a nice one-on-one conversation and I informed him that I would be running for President,” she tweeted. “In that meeting, he showed me the greatest respect and encouragement, just as he always has.”

The tweet came amid ratcheting tensions between Sanders’s and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE’s (Mass.) presidential campaigns. 

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Earlier this week, a CNN story broke citing four anonymous sources close to Warren that alleged that during a private meeting between Sanders and Warren in December 2018, Sanders told his progressive colleague that a woman could not be elected president.

Sanders has vehemently denied that he made the statement. 

However, late Monday, Warren responded to the news in a statement saying, “I thought a woman could win; he [Sanders] disagreed.” Warren continued, saying that she did not want to discuss what took place at the meeting any further. 

The clash followed a report over the weekend that the Sanders campaign was telling its volunteers to turn potential voters against Warren, saying that she is a weak candidate because she only appeals to wealthy, educated liberals. 

The recent exchange between the two progressive candidates underscored a marked change in tone after months of the two avoiding criticizing the other’s campaign. Heat between the New England lawmakers has also intensified just before a critical Democratic debate in Iowa Tuesday. 

Gabbard has not qualified for Tuesday night’s debate, polling at less than 3 percent nationally. The candidate also closed her fourth quarter fundraising totals at $3.4 million ahead of the new year, putting her significantly behind Democratic front-runners Sanders, Warren and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE (D).