If you’re entertaining joining a presidential ticket, you might as well endorse the candidate first.
Amid rumors she could be tapped for the vice presidency, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren formally endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday night, after months of conspicuously withholding her support and just hours after President Obama offered his own.
“I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton,” Warren said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and “make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House.”
Warren’s endorsement had been anticipated as the campaign of her progressive compatriot, Bernie Sanders, winds down. It’s a loaded one: Warren has perhaps a singular capacity to unite the Sanders and Clinton crowds—except for Sanders himself. But whether she’ll do so as a vice presidential candidate isn’t likely to be revealed anytime soon.
Warren has consistently demurred when asked if she’d take the job, though she’s reportedly thinking about it. In the past, she’s given a flat-out no. And in the Maddow interview on Thursday night, she said she isn’t currently being vetted, a process that can take weeks. But one comment she made is destined to fuel further speculation in the lead-up to the summer’s nominating convention. Asked if she thinks she’s prepared to be commander-in-chief if Clinton were incapacitated—a role former Pennsylvania governor and current convention host-committee Chair Ed Rendell said she couldn’t take on—Warren responded in a succinct and forceful way: “Yes, I do.”