Warren corrects Sanders after he seeks to correct her at debate

Warren corrects Sanders after he seeks to correct her at debate
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) quickly moved to correct Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Puerto Rico primary In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden wins Louisiana primary MORE (I-Vt.) at the Democratic primary debate in Iowa on Tuesday after he refuted Warren's claim that she was the only candidate onstage to have defeated a Republican incumbent over the last 30 years. 

"The men on this stage have lost 10 elections," Warren said, pointing out that she and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) were the only candidates onstage who had never lost an election.

"The only person who has beaten an incumbent Republican any time in the last 30 years is me," Warren added.


"Just to set the record straight, I defeated an incumbent Republican running for Congress," Sanders said later when it was his turn to speak. 

"When?" Warren asked.

"1990," Sanders responded as Warren appeared to count in her head. "That's how I won. I beat an incumbent congressman." 

"Thirty years ago?" Warren said. "I said I was the only one who's beaten an incumbent Republican in 30 years." 

"Well, 30 years ago is 1990, as a matter of fact," Sanders said. "But I don't know that that is the major issue of the day."  

Sanders defeated former Vermont Republican Rep. Peter Smith in 1990 to win his House seat. Smith was in his first term. 


The exchange comes amid newfound tension between the Sanders and Warren campaigns. 

CNN reported — and Warren confirmed — on Monday that Sanders told her in a private meeting in 2018 that he did not believe a woman could be president. 

Sanders disputed the remarks at Tuesday's debate. 

"Anyone who knows me knows that it is incomprehensible that I do not think a woman could be president of the United States," he said.