Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said Sunday he does not believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) thinks a woman cannot win the presidency.
"I think they both heard what they heard. I don't believe for a moment, I don't think Bernie thinks that a woman can't win," Brown said during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union. "I think that under the pressures of the presidential races tempers sometimes flare."
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Brown was addressing the controversial exchange between Sanders and his 2020 opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) after the most recent Democratic presidential debate. Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar for denying that he had told her a woman could not win the presidency. The original exchange allegedly happened, according to Warren, during a private dinner in 2018.
Brown said he knows both of the senators well and expressed confidence that any Democratic nominee can defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. He also told CNN anchor Brianna Keilar that he believes "there is going to be a woman on the ticket for sure, either president or vice president."