CNN on Wednesday released audio of a tense moment between Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders after the Democratic presidential debate.
Immediately following the conclusion of the Tuesday night debate in Iowa, the two senators appeared to have a heated exchange while fellow 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer hovered nearby.
Warren seemed to snub an attempted handshake from Sanders, setting off speculation about what each had said to the other.
On Wednesday, CNN laid the conversation bare.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren said, according to CNN’s transcription.
“Let’s not do it right now,” Sanders replied. “You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.”
Warren fired back by saying “anytime,” prompting Sanders to begin to argue back, before reconsidering.
“Alright, let’s not do it now,” the Vermont Senator said.
Steyer interjected toward the end of the conversation, saying “I don’t want to get in the middle of it, I just want to say, ‘hi, Bernie.'”
During a CNN appearance on Tuesday, before the network had released the audio, Steyer characterized the incident as “awkward.”
“It was one of those awkward moments where I felt like, ‘I need to move on as fast as possible,’” he said.
Sanders and Warren have recently been caught up in what CNN characterized as a “simmering feud,” stemming from a “he said, she said” situation regarding Sanders’ alleged remarks to Warren during a 2018 meeting.
Warren on Monday confirmed reports that Sanders told her then that a woman could not take the White House in 2020.