Elizabeth Warren Endorses Joe Biden For President

Elizabeth Warren has officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Massachusetts senator made the announcement in a Twitter video released Wednesday morning. Her endorsement comes one day after former President Barack Obama threw his support behind his former vice president.

"Joe Biden has spent nearly his entire life in public service. He knows that a government run with empathy, competence and heart will save lives and livelihoods. And we can't afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American. That's why I'm proud to endorse Joe Biden as president of the United States," Warren said in the clip.

In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse @JoeBiden as President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/VrfBtJvFee

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 15, 2020

Warren's endorsement could be key in helping Biden court younger, more progressive voters. Her policies, such as single-payer health care and canceling student debt, placed her to the left of most other Democratic primary candidates. Most millennial and Generation Z voters in the Democratic primary race supported either her or Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Biden touted Warren's announcement on Twitter, writing: "We are in a battle for the soul of this nation and I'm proud to have the fiercest of fighters, Senator@EWarren, on my side. With her help, we're going to beat Donald Trump and create a government that works for everyone—not just the wealthy and well-connected. Let's do this."

Warren ended her presidential campaign in March after failing to win in most of the early voting states. After her exit, the Massachusetts senator said she would not immediately be endorsing a candidate.

"I think I would have made a better president than either one of them, that's why I was running," Warren said in an interview with The Boston Globe. "I thought it was worth fighting for another approach."

Biden has already made an effort to court Warren's devoted voter base since her departure from the primary race. The former vice president endorsed the senator's bankruptcy reform plan last month, putting an end to a years-long battle between the two lawmakers on the issue.

"I've endorsed Elizabeth Warren's bankruptcy proposal, which in fact goes further, allows for student debt to be relieved in bankruptcy, provides for a whole range of other issues that allows us to in fact impact on how people are dealing with their circumstances," Biden said. "So there's a whole range of things we agree on."

Warren has been floated as a possible pick for vice president after Biden pledged during the last Democratic debate to have a female running mate if selected as the party's nominee. Warren told The View that she was "really was heartened to see the vice president say, 'It's time to have a woman at least somewhat close to the White House.'"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren arrive onstage for the fourth Democratic primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, on October 15, 2019. Warren has officially endorsed Biden for president. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Warren is one of the last primary contenders to throw her support behind the former vice president.

Biden had quickly consolidated support from his former opponents and used it to his advantage. Endorsements from Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Representative Beto O'Rourke helped lead him to an electoral sweep on Super Tuesday. Other former candidates, such as Senator Kamala Harris and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have also endorsed him.

Even Sanders, whose exit from the race in early April essentially handed Biden the nomination, was quick to endorse the former vice president.

"It's no secret out there, Joe, that you and I have our differences," Sanders said during a live stream address on Monday. "But I hope that these task forces will come together, using the best minds and people in your campaign and my campaign to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems."

Warren's endorsement echoed that of Sanders in her pledge for unity and working together not only to defeat Trump but to help "rebuild and transform our country" after he's out of office.

"Among all the other candidates I competed with in the Democratic primary, there's no one I've agreed with 100 percent of the time over the years. But one thing I appreciate about Joe Biden is he will always tell you where he stands," the senator said, adding that he's not "too afraid or too proud to be persuaded."

Update: This story has been updated to include Biden's reaction to Warren's endorsement.