Sanders Campaign Co-Chair Doubts Reliability of Iowa Results

February 5, 2020

Nina Turner, the co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) presidential campaign, on Wednesday questioned the accuracy of the Iowa caucus results.

"The Iowa Democratic Party, this is—it is insanity," Turner said. "I really feel sad for the voters of Iowa."

In light of the technical failures that have delayed the results, Turner told CNN anchor Erin Burnett that "God only knows what they would be saying" if Sanders had not gotten the party to commit to having a paper trail. But then she expressed doubts about the people counting the votes.

"We're keeping an open mind about this because of the paper trail—now, the people handling the paper trail, in terms of the Iowa Democratic Party, that is something that we have to deal with," Turner said.

"Are you thinking it's just incompetence or are you implying something else when you talk about the people counting?" Burnett asked.

"It's obvious that something is going on, Erin," Turner responded.

"There's a lot of volunteers there in Iowa who volunteer their time to be part of this, as they do year after year after year, but there is certainly something that is going on," Turner continued. "And whether or not people were trained properly or what, I don't know exactly what it is. But this is really at the feet of the Iowa Democratic Party. I don't want to hear them blaming the people who come to help those caucuses. This is really at their feet."

Earlier Wednesday, Joe Biden's campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders repeatedly refused to say the campaign would accept the results of the caucus.

Turner took credit for the decision to have paper records of the caucus results, saying she and Sen. Sanders demanded it in the name of transparency during the Unity Reform Commission's negotiations. The commission was a panel put together prior to the Iowa caucus to recommend ways to increase voter involvement and produce more transparency.

"Thank God we had a paper trail, and that was something that Senator Sanders on the Unity Commission, of which I was one of those members appointed by him, we were able to negotiate a paper trail," she said.