Top Dems in talks on how to push Sanders to end campaign: report
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Top Democrats are engaging in talks on how to convince Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE to end his White House run, CNN reported Friday morning.

One option they are considering is to persuade front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE to select Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Mass.) as her running mate.


Warren’s addition to the ticket would give Clint a credibility boost with progressives at a time when Democrats are concerned about whether Sanders's liberal supporters will line up behind Clinton in November.

“She can take away [Sanders's] power by showing there’s no division within the party,” said one Democratic source who is advocating for Warren’s selection.

Warren has not endorsed either candidate so far.

Top Democrats are also considering asking Sanders to suspend his bid for the sake of Democratic unity, the report said.

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidCortez Masto says she's not interested in being Biden VP Nevada congressman admits to affair after relationship divulged on podcast Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE (D-Nev.) made a similar argument when he spoke with Sanders last month by phone.

“We will walk out of our convention with a nominee,” said Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump official violated ethics rules in seeking EPA job for relative, watchdog finds| Trump administration aims to buy uranium for reserve 'as soon as possible,' official says| 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fue 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards OVERNIGHT ENERGY: States, green groups sue Trump over rollback of Obama fuel efficiency regulations | Oil lobby says low prices still hurting industry | Conservative group wants Trump to go further in rolling back key environmental law MORE (D-Calif.). "We should be able to walk into the convention in a consolidating mode.”

“One thing I’m slightly worried about is the tone and tenor of the convention,” said Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyMissouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day MORE (D-Conn.). "We’re going to need a very positive unified convention. [Sanders is] going to have to send a very clear signal to his delegates that he wants them to be vocal and loud in support of Hillary in our convention."

Becerra, Murphy and Reid have all endorsed Clinton.

Sanders has repeatedly insisted his campaign will continue all the way to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Democrats are also considering gutting the role of superdelegates in the Democratic primary process as a concession to Sanders, the report said.

Some have also floated giving Sanders a prime speaking slot at the convention or ousting Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Sanders supporters have repeatedly decried Wasserman Schultz’s handling of the primary process.