Massachusetts Senator needs ‘some space’ after dropping out…
(Liberty Headlines) Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, said outside her Cambridge, Massachusetts home that she wasn’t going to endorse anyone right away.
“I need some space and I need a little time right now,” she said, standing next to her husband, Bruce Mann, and golden retriever, Bailey.
Warren’s voice cracked when she talked about meeting so many little girls while campaigning around the country for the past year and knowing they “are going to have to wait four more years,” at least, to see a woman in the White House.
“I refuse to let disappointment blind me — or you — to what we’ve accomplished,” Warren told her campaign staff on a call Thursday. “We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together — what you have done — has made a lasting difference. It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters.”
Warren’s exit leaves the Democratic field with just one female candidate: Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has collected only one delegate toward the nomination.
The two remaining frontrunners are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, who are both white men in their late 70s.
That is a frustrating twist for a party that once boasted the most diverse presidential field in history.
Despite Warren’s disappointing finish, she offers the potential of a coveted endorsement to Sanders and Biden.
In an interview after Warren’s departure was announced, Toni Van Pelt, the president of the National Organization for Women, urged her not to back Sanders.
“She has a lot of leverage right now. We do trust her to make the right decisions on how to proceed. But we’d like her not to rush into this,” Van Pelt said.
“We think that our constituents, our members, will not necessarily think of Sanders as the best choice,” she added. “We wouldn’t have the Violence Against Women Act if it wasn’t for Biden’s leadership. So, we know that he’s performed. Sanders doesn’t have a record. He’s really, as far as we know, done next to nothing for women and for our issues and for the things that are our priorities.”
Adapted from reporting by Associated Press.