Warren-Clinton meet fuels VP speculation amid Trump flaying
By Evan Lips | June 10, 2016, 15:47 EDT
WASHINGTON – A day after Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and delivered a fiery speech roasting Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate, the Cambridge Democrat met with the former Secretary of State Friday for what several media outlets have speculated was a pitch to serve as Clinton’s running mate.
The morning kicked off with the usual taunt-for-taunt exchange that has come to define Trump-Warren face-offs, after Clinton suggested to Trump on Twitter: “Delete your account.”
No, seriously — Delete your account. https://t.co/O1u7oc0jAR
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2016
Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2016
Following the morning pleasantries, Warren then headed to Clinton’s Washington home, where the two engaged in a sit-down meeting that lasted about an hour, according to a Washington Post report. The closed-door meeting quickly led to speculation.
The session “could be one sign that the presumptive Democratic nominee is considering Warren as a running mate in the general election,” a CBS News report theorized.
But a Boston Globe report put a more mundane spin on the story, saying that “a source familiar with the meeting said Clinton and Warren discussed how they can work together during the campaign and push a progressive agenda aimed at stopping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.”
Long before she endorsed Clinton, Warren helped her party’s cause by relentlessly attacking Trump, exhibiting a willing and able attitude toward exchanges schoolyard insults with the former reality television star. On Thursday, in an interview with MSNBC-TV’s Rachel Maddow, Warren said she’s “ready to get in this fight and work my heart out” for Clinton and “make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House.”
Asked by Maddow whether she could be ready to serve as commander-in-chief in the event she became vice president, Warren responded: “yes, I do.”
Asked point-blank whether she or her camp have ever been approached by Clinton or members of her campaign staff about a potential vice presidential nod, Warren said “no.”
“I know there’s been a lot of speculation about this,” the tenured Harvard Law professor told Maddow. “But the truth is, I love the work I do – I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people of Massachusetts who sent me here to just wade into these fights.”
“And now, we’re about to enter another big fight,” she said. “And that is a general election fight that pits a tough woman who is willing to lead against a small, insecure bully who thinks he’s going to get his way by throwing nasty tantrums, by giving people ugly names, by saying racist and other kinds of outrageous things.”