Warren thanks Sanders, says his efforts 'will change the course of our country and party'

Warren thanks Sanders, says his efforts 'will change the course of our country and party'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon No new taxes for the ultra rich — fix bad tax policy instead MORE (D-Mass.) thanked Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I) on Wednesday after the progressive Vermont senator suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying that his efforts “will change the course of our country and party.”

“Thank you @BernieSanders, for fighting so relentlessly for America’s working families during this campaign,” Warren tweeted. “Your fight for progressive ideas moved the conversation and charted a path for candidates and activists that will change the course of our country and party.”

“That fight does not end today,” she added. “We’ll continue it together in the Senate and keep working to hold the wealthy and well-connected accountable to the people.”

Warren, who ended her own presidential campaign early last month, is one of Sanders’s closest allies on Capitol Hill and once competed with him for the support of progressives in the Democratic primary contest.

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Both she and Sanders championed liberal reforms like a "Medicare for All" health care system and plans to implement debt-free college. But even after she dropped out of the presidential race, Warren declined to endorse Sanders, choosing instead to remain neutral in the contest between him and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE.

Sanders announced on Wednesday that he would suspend his campaign, saying that his path to the Democratic nomination had all but vanished in recent weeks as Biden racked up a nearly insurmountable delegate in the race.

“If I believed that we had a feasible path to the nomination, I would continue the campaign,” he told supporters in a live-streamed address. “But it’s just not there.”

Still, he said he would remain on the ballot in upcoming primaries in a bid to amass as many delegates to the Democratic National Convention as possible. Doing so could allow Sanders to exert influence over the party’s platform when delegates vote this summer.

Sanders’s exit from the race effectively establishes Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee, handing a win to the moderate wing of the party. The Vermont senator did not offer Biden his endorsement on Wednesday, but did pledge to work with him “to move our progressive ideas forward.”