Friday, June 10, 2016

All Aboard

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorses Hillary Clinton.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a hero to liberal progressives ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders’ anti-Wall Street rhetoric, endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday night on MSNBC’s the Rachel Maddow Show.

“I’m ready. I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States — and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House,” Warren said.

Warren, who has made banking reform the centerpiece of her political career and has been mentioned as a potential running mate, said she has not talked to Clinton about her vice presidential choice. Warren laughed off suggestions of being vice president and said she loves the work she currently does.

But when asked later a hypothetical question that if she were vice president, does she think she could step in and be commander-in-chief if needed, Warren responded: “yes, I do.”

This endorsement matters because until now Sen. Warren has been seen by a lot of liberals as a stand-in for Bernie Sanders; where he goes, she goes.  This is about as close to getting that wing of the party fully on board with Hillary Clinton as you’ll get until Sen. Sanders joins in.