Warren on endorsement: 'I think Bernie needs space to decide what he wants to do next'

Warren on endorsement: 'I think Bernie needs space to decide what he wants to do next'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStaff seeks to create union at DNC America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election MORE (D-Mass.) said she’s withholding her presidential endorsement because she is focused on the coronavirus outbreak and she wants to give Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Briahna Joy Gray: Voters are 'torn' over Ohio special election Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (I-Vt.) space to assess his campaign.

“Actually, I’ve been focused on this crisis,” Warren said on "The View" when asked why she hasn’t endorsed either former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE or Sanders.

“I think Bernie needs space to decide what he wants to do next, and he should be given the space to do that,” she added. 

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Warren has declined to issue an endorsement two weeks after suspending her own presidential campaign. Despite dismal showings in virtually every primary and caucus, Warren’s endorsement would still be a coveted boost of support for either Sanders or Biden.

While Warren would appear more ideologically aligned with Sanders — both touted staunchly progressive platforms on the campaign trail — the Massachusetts lawmaker has been floated as a potential running mate for Biden, who has opened up a wide delegate lead in the race to the nomination. 

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Sanders, meanwhile, is currently assessing his campaign after being thumped by Biden in several key states thus far. 

Warren said her lack of an endorsement thus far should not be interpreted as a lack of faith in either candidate and that either candidate would be an improvement over President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE

“This is not a question of not being confident in leadership,” she said. “I think all of us who ran for president frankly would make a much better president than Donald Trump.”