Elizabeth Warren is no longer running for president, but her decision to not immediately endorse either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will keep her options open as the race moves forward.
“Let’s take a deep breath and spend a little time on that. We don’t have to decide right this minute,” Warren said at a press conference Thursday announcing her exit from the race, adding, “I need some space around this.”
The Massachusetts senator suspended her campaign Thursday after failing to win a single state — including her own — on Super Tuesday.
Warren will be expected to choose in the coming days whether to throw her support behind Sanders — consolidating the progressive wing behind the Vermont senator — or to join the growing ranks backing the former vice president.
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, a Warren surrogate, said, “Her impact goes way beyond this particular race or even whom she might endorse next. She has redefined what’s possible in politics.”
Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said if Warren backs Sanders, “the progressive ideologists who backed her would be really happy.
But, he added, “As everyone’s coalescing around Biden, a broad swath would feel that’s not helpful in terms of getting a resolution. If she endorses Biden right away, I think a lot of people think that’s tone deaf in what she said she was for.”
Warren has long straddled the liberal and centrist lanes of the Democratic Party — lamenting their existence to reporters Thursday.
“I was told at the beginning of this whole undertaking that there are two lanes — a progressive lane that Bernie Sanders is the incumbent for and a moderate lane that Joe Biden is the incumbent for — and there’s no room for anyone else,” Warren said outside her Cambridge home. “I thought that wasn’t right, but evidently I was wrong.”
Warren endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016. But mere hours after Warren ended her bid, Sanders made a play for her voters.
“We are opening the door to you,” Sanders said at a press conference in Burlington, Vt. “Together, I think we can win this primary process.”
Sanders and Biden also tweeted their praise for Warren. Biden called her “the fiercest of fighters for middle class families.”
Warren “absolutely” has power now, Democratic strategist Neil Oxman said. “She raised tens of millions of dollars, a lot of people voted for her … so why not get her support?”
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