Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren endorse Hillary Clinton for president

By Ed Adamczyk  |  June 10, 2016 at 7:19 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Two of the top leaders in the Democratic Party, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency on a day when Democratic Party rhetoric against Republican Party candidate Donald Trump was intense and unsparing.

Thursday, after President Barack Obama released a video endorsing Clinton as the party nominee, Warren, D-Mass., and Biden added their names to the growing list of Democratic supporters of Clinton's cause.

Biden hinted at an endorsement in an address at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's 2016 convention. He spoke of Trump's attack on the impartiality of federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a court case involving Trump University. Biden called Trump's comments "reprehensible" and "racist," slipping into praise for Clinton.

"God willing, in my view, it will be Hillary Clinton," as the president who will choose the next Supreme Court nominee, Biden said.

A source close to Biden told CNN there was "no question" this was an endorsement on the vice president's part.

Warren also spoke about Trump at the convention, calling him "a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself."

Later Thursday, she endorsed Clinton during an interview on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, saying, " 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 endorsements indicate the start of unification within the Democratic Party, after a bruising primary campaign in which Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., became Clinton's main opponent. Warren is regarded as a liberal progressive aligned with Sanders, particularly in his attacks on Wall Street's influence in politics and his interest in banking reform.

"I take my cue on every part of this from Bernie himself and what he said right at the beginning ... what this is about, what we're doing here is about millions of people across this country, millions of people who work hard every day and just keep getting slammed," Warren told Maddow.

Warren also said she was qualified to step in as commander-in-chief, if she was nominated to be Clinton's vice presidential candidate and elected.

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