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 WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt 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 SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' 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 BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? 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 John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards 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.”