'I met with Bernie before announcing my candidacy, a one-on-one conversation that I would be running for President; he showed me the greatest respect and encouragement, just as he always has.'
Warren did not initially comment, but Sanders disputed the claim, calling it 'ludicrous. It's sad that 3 weeks before the Iowa caucus, a year after that conversation staff who weren't in the room are lying about what happened.'
Sanders campaigners suspected Warren's team planted the story during an escalating feud after a leaked internal memo from Sanders's team revealed over the weekend that he instructed volunteers to attack Warren for having an 'affluent' voter base. She hit back, saying she was 'disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me.' Sanders distanced himself from the volunteer campaign script, calling it a 'media blow up.'