We Can’t Repeat 2016: Warren Hits Back at Bernie Sanders’ Criticisms

The Democratic race is now tightening up with only a few candidates having a shot at winning the nomination. Each of the potential nominees has worked to promote themselves while also taking a shot or two at their opponents.

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The latest candidates to spar with each other are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Sanders started the row by claiming Warren couldn’t bring new voters to the party. Warren hit back at the Vermont senator by saying that Sanders is engaging in the same type of behavior that hurt Democrats in 2016.

Politico recently revealed a number of talking points the Sanders campaign is pushing this year. One of the points directly took on Warren. It read:

“I like Elizabeth Warren. In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her. The people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what. She’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party. We need to turn out disaffected working-class voters if we’re going to defeat Trump.”

When asked about Sanders’ talking points, the Massachusetts senator responded, “I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me. Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time…I hope bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”

Warren also said of her opponent, “We all saw the impact of factionalism in 2016, we can’t have a repeat of that. Democrats need to unite our party. That means pulling in all parts of the Democrat coalition…We need someone who can bring our party together. I hope Bernie re-considers and turns his campaign in a different direction.”



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