Warren expected to refrain from endorsing Biden, Sanders during primary: report
August 22, 2020
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) is expected to withhold endorsing either remaining Democratic presidential candidates before the primary ends, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing several people close to Warren.
Warren will likely not endorse either Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE before one is named the party nominee, according to the Times.
The Massachusetts senator ended her own presidential campaign shortly last week after failing to win in the early voting states. She said she would not immediately be endorsing a candidate.
Sanders’s platform is more similar to the progressive agenda Warren was pitching in her campaign. Biden, however, is building on his lead over Sanders after big wins in Tuesday night’s election following momentum he built after winning South Carolina and 10 out of 14 Super Tuesday states.
Warren has spoken with Biden once since Super Tuesday and has spoken with Sanders multiple times, the Times reported.
Some of Sanders’s supporters have been urging Warren to endorse Sanders, noting how the two have similar progressive policies.
New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D), who endorsed Sanders after ending his own long-shot presidential campaign, called on Warren to back Sanders on Tuesday.
“I deeply respect @ewarren. Our nation + our party is better + more progressive because of her leadership. Now our progressive movement needs her more than ever,” de Blasio tweeted. “Senator, if the shoe were on the other foot @BernieSanders would have already endorsed you. Please join us!”
I deeply respect @ewarren. Our nation + our party are better + more progressive because of her leadership. Now our progressive movement needs her more than ever. Senator, if the shoe was on the other foot @BernieSanders would have endorsed you already. Please join us!
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 10, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y), one of Sanders’s most high-profile surrogates, told the Times she understood Warren’s hesitation.
“I always want to see us come together as a progressive wing,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that’s important and where we draw strength from.
“But at the same time, I come from the lens of an organizer,” she continued. “And if someone doesn’t do what you want, you don’t blame them — you ask why. And you don’t demand that answer of that person — you reflect. And that reflection is where you can grow.”
Biden grew his delegate lead to about 150 over Sanders after wins in Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan and Idaho Tuesday night.
Sanders vowed Wednesday to continue his campaign despite his string of losses.