Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) shared her support for President Joe Biden to receive a second term on Friday (January 27) but wasn’t as eager about backing Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate.
Warren made her remarks during an interview on Boston-based NPR affiliate WGBH.
The Massachusetts Democrat expressed her belief that the President should run again, given how much he had gotten accomplished with the “skinniest possible” majority in the Senate and House before the GOP took control of the House in the midterm elections.
Warren touted Biden’s accomplishments, mentioning the CHIPS and Science Act, which invested billions into the domestic manufacture of semiconductors in addition to the Inflation Reduction Act, a $740 billion tax, health care, and climate package.
But instead of giving Vice President Kamala Harris her full support to be Biden’s running mate, Warren asserted that she would “defer” to what Biden thinks is best.
She then went on to say that Biden and Harris “need to be a team,” suggesting that her comments didn’t indicate otherwise and recalling that she and Harris were close, having worked on a housing project together in the past.
Warren’s comments may seem premature given that Biden hasn’t announced his reelection bid yet. However, there have been reports that he may announce it in February after the State of the Union address.
When previously asked who his 2024 running mate would be, the President indicated it would be Harris, a move that would reflect the most common course for incumbent Presidents — choosing their Vice President to be their running mate for a second term.