Elizabeth Warren stood behind her cost that Bernie Sanders stated a lady couldn’t defeat Donald Trump, making an lively case for a feminine nominee in a Tuesday night time Democratic debate that raised gender as a core difficulty within the dash to the Iowa caucuses.

“Have a look at the boys on this stage. Collectively they’ve misplaced 10 elections,” Warren exclaimed, noting that she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar had gained each election they ever ran.

Sanders firmly denied Warren’s accusation and stated it was “incomprehensible” to consider he would recommend a lady couldn’t turn out to be the president.

“After all a lady can win,” he stated. “I don’t know that that’s the foremost difficulty of the day.”

Simply six candidates gathered in Des Moines, every desirous to seize a dose of final-days momentum on nationwide tv earlier than Iowa’s Feb. three caucuses. The sudden “he-said, she-said” dispute over gender involving two longtime allies, Sanders and Warren, loomed over the occasion, although it was not a focus within the debate’s earliest moments.

Particularly, Warren charged publicly on the eve of the talk that Sanders advised her throughout a personal 2018 assembly that he didn’t suppose a lady may defeat Trump, a declare tinged with sexism that Sanders vigorously denied. Amid a direct uproar on the left, there have been indicators that each candidates needed to deescalate the scenario.

The feuding on different subjects, together with battle and international coverage expanded to incorporate practically each candidate on stage by night time’s finish.

Sanders has lately stepped up his assaults on former Vice President Joe Biden over Biden’s previous help of the Iraq Struggle, broad free-trade agreements and entitlement reform, amongst different points. Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar, who has had a number of sturdy debates, appeared for alternatives as she remained mired in the course of the pack in polling. Billionaire Tom Steyer confronted criticism that he’s attempting to purchase his approach to the White Home.

And with two surveys exhibiting Pete Buttigieg dropping help in Iowa, the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana, wanted a breakout second to regain energy earlier than the caucuses.

Trump, campaigning in neighboring Wisconsin simply as Democrats took the talk stage, tried to encourage the feud between Sanders and Warren from afar.

“She stated that Bernie said strongly that a lady can’t win. I don’t consider that Bernie stated that, I actually don’t. It’s not the type of factor Bernie would say,” Trump stated.

Earlier within the night time, the candidates sparred over Iraq, battle and international coverage, though they have been largely united in opposition to Trump’s management on such points.

Sanders drew a sharp distinction with Biden by noting that Sanders aggressively fought in opposition to a 2002 measure to authorize army motion in opposition to Iraq.

Sanders referred to as the Iraq invasion “the worst international coverage blunder within the fashionable historical past of this nation.”

“I did all the pieces I may to forestall that battle,” Sanders stated. “Joe noticed it in another way.”

Biden acknowledged that his 2002 vote to authorize army motion was “a mistake,” however highlighted his position within the Obama administration serving to to attract down the U.S. army presence within the area.

A number of candidates condemned Trump’s current transfer to kill Iran’s high common and his resolution to maintain U.S. troops within the area.

“We have now to get fight troops out,” declared Warren, who additionally referred to as for lowering the army funds.

Others, together with Buttigieg, Biden and Klobuchar, stated they favored sustaining a small army presence within the Center East.

“I carry a completely different perspective,” stated Buttigeg, who was a army intelligence officer in Afghanistan. “We will proceed to stay engaged with out having an countless dedication to floor troops.”