Senate Democrats aren't yet lining up behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren's looming presidential campaign, but as several others in their party, including Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris weigh bids, they say it's not personal.
“It’ll be awhile before some of that is sorted out. Whether that means there will be a consensus around one or two or whether it’s more diffuse or whether there's no endorsements, it’s hard to tell,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who is also considering a campaign, told Politico. "
It’s still pretty early. But it moves fast.”
Sen. Ed Markey, Warren's fellow Massachusetts Democrat, also said he's not ready to endorse Warren, telling Politico, "I've just got to get today done."
Hillary Clinton, however, started getting endorsements years before she announced her bid in 2016, including a letter from 16 Senate Democratic women, including Warren, who sent her a letter in 2013 urging her to run.
Once the primary officially started, she had a large amount of support in the Senate, while Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont who ran in the Democratic primary, only got backing from one fellow Democrat, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who this year is also considering his own presidential campaign.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, also a former senator, is already getting early endorsements from senators who say he is a stronger candidate and has more experience than other potential candidates.
“If Donald Trump ends up being the Republican nominee, I think there are a lot of people who want Joe Biden to run for president. And I would be leading the parade,” Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., commented.
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