Sanders says being a woman, age could be 'problems' for 2020 candidates

Progressive Groups Launch Unity Effort Calling on Sanders and Warren to Call a Truce

In a move touted by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a "really big deal", a key progressive member of Congress endorsed Bernie Sanders for president on Sunday, building on Ocasio-Cortez's own endorsement and others.

Progressive PAC Democracy For America helped organize the unity effort, which includes 18 groups, representing backers of both Warren and Sanders, including Our Revolution, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Justice Democrats, the Working Families Party, and the Sunrise Movement.

"Really big deal", tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive star from NY.

The groups said they will be asking voters to pledge to "not leave their February 3 caucus site [in Iowa] without casting their final vote for one of the top two progressives in the race". "I'm 78 years of age, that's a problem".

"Bernie and I have been friends a long time" Warren said at a house party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, when quizzed by a supporter who said she believed Warren's side of the story.

"I have been friends with Bernie for a long time, we work together on many, many issues, and I've said all I'm going to say on this", Warren said.

In Exeter, New Hampshire, Sanders pledged to come together with other Democrats to back the eventual nominee.

"I don't understand how logical it is that so many candidates identify Caucus Goers to support them as it would not be", said Selzer.

Any doubts about Sanders' support in the progressive wing of the party that may have been raised by the debate contretemps were forcefully rebutted by the Jayapal endorsement.

Sanders did not stay to march, heading instead to the next campaign stop.

Cracks in the d├ętente between Sanders and Warren began to appear before reports broke of Sanders' alleged comments to Warren during a private meeting two years ago.

Interviews with more than 20 voters who attended the two progressives' events on Friday and Saturday showed that they largely wanted the candidates to move on, even as they fielded new questions on the topic.

His remarks comes after Warren released a statement last week confirming CNN's account of their private meeting in Washington 2018.

"The media has blown this up and I don't want to go into it anymore, except to say of course I always believed and believe today that a woman can be elected president of the United States", Sanders told New New Hampshire Public Radio on Sunday.

When asked if gender is still an obstacle for women in politics at a forum sponsored by New Hampshire NPR this weekend, Sanders revisited his dispute with Warren and urged voters to focus on policy rather than age, gender or sexuality.

One Sanders organizer was kicked out of a half-dozen nursing homes, which typically are used as satellite caucus locations, after showing up to talk to residents, Rebik said. The senators then got into conflict during the "he said, she said" feud during a debate last week.

Although the controversy with Warren died, however, Sanders' campaign has come down to Biden. It criticized Biden's 2002 vote for the Iraq War, which Sanders opposed, and accused him of in the past supporting cutting Social Security benefits for the elderly, which Biden denied. Meanwhile, primary rivals like former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg are free to campaign across Iowa.



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