Hillary Clinton’s political allies say they are open to supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren if the Democrat from Massachusetts decides to make a bid for the White House in 2020, The Hill is reporting.
“It’s very clear to me that this party is going further to the left than it has in the past,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who served as a Clinton surrogate in 2016. “That’s where all the energy and enthusiasm is coming from, the energy and enthusiasm that wasn’t really there for the Clinton campaign.”
The support comes even as Warren pulls Democrats away from some of Clinton’s more centrist positions, according to The Hill.
“If Elizabeth Warren decides to run for president, she will find support both from Hillary diehards who still want to elect a qualified woman as president and from Hillary skeptics who want an unflinching champion against corporate greed as the party’s standard-bearer,” said Seth Bringman, a Clinton ally who served as a spokesman for the Ready for Hillary super PAC.
Some say Clinton came close to picking Warren as her running mate in 2016, The Hill noted.
“But ultimately, it was a little bit out of her comfort zone,” said one former Clinton aide. “I think there’s no doubt she has the utmost respect for Warren though, and she obviously thinks she’s well-qualified.”
But there are obstacles standing in the way of a successful Warren presidential candidacy, The Hill said. Should Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., make another run for the White House, it would likely split the vote among progressives and cripple both their chances.
And a bid by former Vice President Joe Biden could cut into her support from Clinton allies.
“If Biden comes in, winning (Clinton’s) supporters becomes harder for Warren,” said Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. “He shares more history and politics with Hillary’s core support and though he’s been around a long time, he got a bit of a reboot as [Barack] Obama’s VP, so that may bring in some of the newer Obama voters.”
Last month, a Suffolk University poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters showed Warren in first place among potential Democratic challengers. Twenty-six percent chose Warren. Biden came in second with 20 percent.
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