Elizabeth Warren endorsed Joe Biden for president on Wednesday, following Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Party coalesces around their nominee.
‘We’re all in this together now,’ Warren said in her endorsement.
In the video announcing her support, Warren emphasized Biden’s empathy, contrasting his leadership style to that of President Donald Trump’s.
‘Empathy matters,’ she said.
Biden has rolled out a series of endorsements this week designed to show the Democratic Party united behind him. The messages have similar themes that emphasize Biden’s experience and his compassion – giving a marked contrast to President Trump.
Elizabeth Warren endorsed Joe Biden for president, emphasizing his empathy
Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on stage together at the October Democratic primary debate
Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement of Joe Biden comes after Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama backed him as the party coalesces around the former vice president as its nominee
Warren’s message – given from her Massachusetts home and played over images of Biden – touched on Biden’s years in public service, his compassion for people and his middle-class up bringing.
Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential race last month but held off on endorsing as Biden and Sanders fought it out.
But, on Wednesday, she gave the former vice president her blessing.
In her nearly four-minute video, she also made an appeal to liberals, who have been wary about having Biden, a moderate, as their standard bearer.
‘Among all the other candidates I competed with in the Democratic primary there is no one I agreed with 100 per cent of the time,’ Warren said.
‘But one thing I appreciate about Joe Biden is that he always tells you where he stands. When you disagree he’ll listen and not just listen but hear you. He will treat you with respect,’ she added.
She also pointed out that Biden – who endorsed her bankruptcy plan – can be persuaded to other points of view.
‘He’s shown throughout this campaign that if you come up with facts or a good argument, he’s not too afraid or too proud to be persuaded,’ Warren said.
‘That’s the thing about Joe. He wants you in the fight with him. And when you’re in the fight with Joe at your side, you know you have a partner who is committed to getting something good done for this country,’ she said. ‘It’s up to all of us to help make Joe Biden the next president of the United States. Let’s get to work.’
Now, with Warren and Sanders endorsing him, Biden has two of the most prominent liberals in the party at his side.
Sanders gave Biden his support on Monday.
Former President Obama, in his endorsement Tuesday, also emphasized Biden’s empathy when he gave him his blessing, an indication of the message the former vice president will offer when he takes his case to the voters.
President Obama released a 12-minute video on Tuesday announcing his endorsement of Joe Biden, his former vice president
Obama’s endorsement will come one day after Biden (left) had a surprise visitor on his livestream – Bernie Sanders (right), who went ahead and endorsed the former vice president and said he would assist his campaign
Obama said Biden possessed the right kind of leadership ‘the kind of leadership guided by knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace.’
‘That kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitals and mayors offices, it belongs in the White House,’ Obama said. ‘And that’s why I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States.’
‘Because one thing everybody has learned right now is the Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress, they’re interested in power,’ the former president said.
Obama’s nod came one day after Sanders made a surprise appearance on Biden’s livestream and endorsed the former vice president, formally making him the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
‘Today I am asking all Americans, I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse,’ Sanders said to Biden on the split-screen, as both men were broadcasting from their homes.