Elizabeth Warren backs Clinton

Launches a searing attack on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Updated - October 18, 2016 03:11 pm IST

Published - June 10, 2016 11:46 pm IST - WASHINGTON:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met on Friday with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading progressive voice, to try to build party unity heading into her election campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

Senator Warren threw her support behind Ms. Clinton for president on Thursday, following President Barack Obama in sending a signal to progressive voters now backing Bernie Sanders that it’s time to unite around the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The Warren meeting on Friday fuelled speculation that the senator from Massachusetts might be under consideration as Clinton's running mate.

Asked in an MSNBC interview on Thursday whether she had discussed with Clinton the prospect of being vice president, Warren said she had not, nor had she been vetted.

“I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House,” the Senator told MSNBC.

Sen. Warren was the only holdout among the Senate’s Democratic women and, given her stature among liberals, her endorsement could be an important boost for Ms. Clinton.

Ahead of her endorsement on Thursday, Sen. Warren spoke to the American Constitution Society and attacked Mr. Trump as a “loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud.” Mr. Trump “has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself. And that is just one of the many reasons why he will never be president,” Sen. Warren said in the scathing broadside also aimed at the top two Republicans in Congress.

Attack-dog role The liberal lawmaker increasingly has tangled with Mr. Trump, taking on an attack-dog role that she seems able to execute more effectively than other Democrats.

Mr. Trump has lashed back and ridiculed her claims to Native American heritage.

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