A rare sign of discord emerged on Sunday between progressive Democratic presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders over a report that Sanders' campaign volunteers had called her a candidate of the elite in conversations with voters.
"I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers to throw me the trash", Warren said of his Senate colleague, who is now leading the field in the Iowa Democratic polls, who will have said for the first time in the primary season that It starts in weeks.
Sanders responded Monday to the report which CNN said came from two people who spoke to Warren directly after the meeting and two others who were familiar with the allegedly sexist exchange.
Turner told Hill.TV that she was "really sad" to see Warren's reaction because as the Massachusetts Democrat mentioned, "Sanders knows her - she knows him" and "she knows that he would never do anything like that so when she says he sent out his volunteers, nothing could be further from the truth". Reuters could not verify the talking points.
The moves are part of a deliberate shift in focus towards Sanders, a campaign official said.
When pressed further, Mr. Sanders, whose campaign has provided few details about the reported script, suggested that everything may have been the product of an employee who went rogue: "We have hundreds of employees". People do certain things. Elizabeth Warren and I will continue to work together, we will discuss the issues. "That's what a campaign is about".
The private meeting made headlines again Monday after unnamed sources alleged Sanders told warren during the dinner that he didn't think a woman could win the election. The latest Des Moines Register/CNN poll, in fact, found that Sanders is now leading in Iowa.
While Biden has largely stayed mum on Sanders' attacks in recent days, Warren's broadside sets the potential for a debate-stage clash in which he'll likely be attacked by multiple opponents.
However, Sanders still trails Joe Biden nationally, according to RealClearPolitics.
In a statement on Saturday, Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver said it was "appalling" that Biden and former Secretary of State John Kerry, a Biden supporter, had attempted to defend Biden's 2002 vote as a USA senator for the use of force in Iraq.
Addressing his campaign's criticism of Biden, Sanders said: "We will contrast records - nothing wrong with that".
US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg told Reuters he is ready to spend much of his vast fortune to oust Republican President Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, rejecting criticism from rivals for the Democratic nomination that the billionaire is trying to buy the USA election.
Warren also warned against repeating "the factionalism of 2016", during which the unexpected strength of Sanders' challenge to Hillary Clinton's candidacy produced a drawn-out and oftentimes nasty Democratic primary fight that some Democrats say contributed to Trump's win.