US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders attempted over the weekend to tamp down a weeklong disagreement over whether Sanders told Warren in a 2018 private meeting that a woman could not beat Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.
As the two senators and long-time allies campaigned in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire just two weeks before the first caucuses begin, both largely stuck to their liberal policy platforms and emphasized unity among Democrats hoping to take on Trump in the November election.
"Bernie and I have been friends a long time. We fight for the same issues," Warren said at a house party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, when quizzed by a supporter who said she believed Warrenís side of the story. "Thatís all I want to say about that topic because what I truly believe is weíre going to have to pull together."
Sanders, speaking in Exeter, New Hampshire, pledged to come together with other Democrats to back their eventual nominee.
"No matter who wins this hotly contested primary, all of us will unite," he said.
The two senators have been at odds in recent days after Warren said Sanders told her during the meeting that a woman could not win the presidency in November 2020, which Sanders has denied.
The spat bubbled to the fore during last weekís presidential debate in Iowa, when a CNN microphone caught Warren telling Sanders he made her out to be a liar on national television.
The disintegration of the non-aggression pact between the two friends - and the resulting online backlash from supporters in both camps - caused hand-wringing among progressive groups, which urged backers of the two candidates to reserve their fire for centrist rivals.