The former Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 tweeted her approval with a video message, noting that Biden’s empathy extends to struggling Americans.
“Empathy is important. And, in this time of crisis, it is more important than ever that the next President restore American confidence in good and effective government, “said Warren. “Joe Biden has spent most of his life in the public service. He knows that a government led with integrity, skill and heart will save lives and save livelihoods. And we cannot afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger lives and livelihoods. of every American. “
“This is why I am proud to support Joe Biden as President of the United States,” she added.
Warren is the last of Biden’s best former rivals to support the former vice president. The approval comes as the Democratic Party attempts to unify and focus on a general election campaign against President Donald Trump. Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved his former running mate.
Warren’s approval comes two days after Senator Bernie Sanders officially supported the Biden campaign, with the Vermont senator calling on his allies to support the alleged Democratic candidate now.
When Warren ended his campaign last month, there was intense speculation that he would support Biden or Sanders.
But as time went on and Biden continued to increase his lead as a delegate, when asked about a potential approval, Warren said publicly that he was focusing on the coronavirus pandemic and that she also wanted to give to Sanders a space to decide what he wanted to do next. ”
Warren, a leader in the progressive movement, was once considered one of the best candidates for the Democratic nomination. The Massachusetts senator has focused her presidential candidacy on fighting corruption in Washington and has published more than 70 comprehensive action plans covering a wide range of issues. But after disappointing results in major contests across the country on Super Tuesday and failing to build a larger political coalition in a Democratic party, Warren ended his presidential campaign in March.
Warren, who is more aligned with Sanders on political positions and ideology, fiercely criticized the former vice president in the main campaign. The same evening, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke approved Biden, Warren said at a rally in Los Angeles “No matter how many Washington insiders tell you of support (Biden), naming their Washington colleague will not meet this time.” Biden previously accused Warren on a radio show of having an “elitist attitude” and told donors that his campaign was based on an “attitude in my own way or on the highway.”
But in an attempt to win over progressive voters, Biden has taken steps to embrace his former rivals, including Warren, and adopt parts of their platforms. Biden in March supported Warren’s bankruptcy proposal to repeal parts of a law that Biden and Warren had faced more than 15 years earlier. Biden and Warren had a highly publicized battle in 2005 over a bill that made declaring bankruptcy more difficult, when Biden was a Delaware senator and lead advocate and Warren was a Harvard professor and vocal opponent. . Warren is an expert in bankruptcy law and was an advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the 1990s.
Warren alluded to their past disagreement over bankruptcy in his approval video, saying, “Joe Biden was there when I first became a senator – he swore to me. And when he did, he said ‘you gave me hell! And you will do a great job. “”
“Because that’s the thing about Joe: He wants you to fight him. And when you’re in a fight with Joe by your side, you know you have a partner who is committed to doing something good for this country, “she said.
This story has been updated to reflect Warren announcing his approval.