Sanders, Warren appear to have tense moment onstage after debate

Sanders, Warren appear to have tense moment onstage after debate
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Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE (I-Vt.) appeared to have a tense exchange onstage at the end of the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night.

Sanders was seen in video reaching out his hand to Warren as she approached him onstage after the debate, though the pair did not end up shaking hands.

Warren, who held her hands together during most of the interaction, appeared to be making a point when she approached her fellow progressive Democratic presidential hopeful. The conversation ended seconds later, with Sanders putting up his hands and walking away.

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CNN later replayed the moment, with political commentator and Democratic strategist David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates Should Biden consider a veteran for vice president? The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Lauren Underwood says Americans face economic crisis if Senate fails to act on unemployment benefits extension; US surpasses 4 million cases, 1,000+ deaths for third straight day MORE remarking, "This is not warm and cuddly."

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Businessman and Democratic candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerSteyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee Progressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches MORE appeared to be got caught in the middle of the discussion as he waited to shake Sanders’s hand. Steyer later told MSNBC that he did not hear what the two senators were saying. 

"All I was trying to say was to both Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders, 'It was great to see you. Thank you for participating in this,'" Steyer told MSNBC. "And whatever they were going on between each other, I was trying to get out of the way as fast as possible."

Warren and Sanders have been embroiled in a feud since CNN reported that Sanders told Warren in 2018 that he did not think a woman could become president. 

The Vermont progressive denied that claim during the debate, saying, "Anyone who knows me knows that it is incomprehensible that I do not think a woman could be president of the United States.” 

Warren later said, "Bernie is my friend, and I'm not here to fight with Bernie."

The pair also sparred after the Massachusetts senator said no one on the stage had defeated an incumbent Republican in the last 30 years but her. Sanders pointed out that he did in 1990, which Warren quickly retorted was 30 years ago.