Watch CNN Moderator Side With Warren Over Sanders in Ongoing Campaign Dispute

January 14, 2020

CNN debate moderator Abby Phillip appeared to side with Elizabeth Warren over campaign rival Bernie Sanders in the ongoing dispute over whether Sanders told Warren a woman couldn't be elected president.

Sanders was asked early on in Tuesday's debate about CNN's report that he told Warren during a private 2018 meeting that he believed a woman couldn't win the election. He flatly denied ever making the comment.

"I do want to be clear here," Phillip said. "You're saying you never told Senator Warren that a woman could not win the election?"

"That is correct," Sanders said.

Phillip dismissed Sanders's denial and proceeded to state the accusation made in the CNN report as fact when she handed the question over to Warren.

"Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?" Phillip said, eliciting a look of disbelief from Sanders.

Warren said in a Monday statement that Sanders did indeed tell her a woman could not win the presidency. Sanders has called the accusation "ludicrous."

The moment earned immediate scorn from reporters such as Tom Bevin of RealClearPolitics, who referred to it as a "moderator fail."