Barack Obama is finally making an endorsement — sort of.
The former Democratic president is still holding out on endorsing his former vice president, Joe Biden, but he may have just thrown his support behind someone who could be Biden’s running mate.
Obama took to Twitter on Monday to praise failed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren and her plans for remaking America in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama’s seal of approval could help catapult Warren higher up on Joe’s list given the former VP has already vowed to pick a woman to serve as his running mate.
Obama tweeted out a link to an interview that Warren gave to Vox, where she laid out a laundry list of proposals that are ultra-liberal and quite radical.
“As she often does, @SenWarren provides a cogent summary of how federal policymakers should be thinking about the pandemic in the coming months,” Obama wrote in a tweet, linking to the Vox interview.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 6, 2020
Former President Barack Obama on Monday offered high praise for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, endorsing the former presidential candidate’s extensive framework for how to jump-start the economy once the coronavirus pandemic recedes.
Warren, who became known for her ubiquitous policy plans throughout her presidential bid, was the first presidential candidate to put forth a proposal for combating the coronavirus in January when it was still mostly relegated to China. Last month, she released two more plans before ending her campaign, but she has remained vocal about the U.S. response to the outbreak.
Last week, Biden told a group of reporters on a phone interview that he had consulted with Obama about his possible vice presidential pick.
Biden said that he will “start that vetting process relatively soon, meaning in a matter of weeks,” and “there will be a group that is in excess of six or seven people that I look at — because those background checks matter.”
Biden is confident enough that he has shifted into general election mode and recently promised to select a woman as his vice-presidential running mate, which narrows down the selection a bit.
Here are 3 names, among others, that are reportedly at the top of Biden’s shortlist:
- California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris
- Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar
During the Democratic primary debate last month, Biden vowed that his eventual choice of a running mate would be a woman.
After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden then added: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”
Trump officially became the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party a month ago after sweeping through the primaries with almost no competition.
And, unsurprising to most, Trump has already made it clear he’s sticking with Vice President Mike Pence.