Sanders not urging Biden to pick Warren as running mate: report

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) has thus far not encouraged former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE's team to consider Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) as his running mate despite his longstanding ideological alliance with the Massachusetts senator.

Three people familiar with Sanders’s conversations with Biden, whom the Vermont lawmaker has endorsed, told The Washington Post that Sanders has declined to back some liberals’ efforts to convince the former vice president to select Warren as his No. 2.

A top spokesperson for the Sanders campaign told The Hill that the senator "and his team are not advising the Biden campaign's vice presidential selection process in any way, shape or form."


"The senator is focused on building policy task forces to write a party platform that puts forward a new vision for America," spokesman Mike Casca said.

Sanders's Senate office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Warren has frequently been mentioned in speculation about Biden’s running mate, with liberals saying she could serve as an effective concession to progressives who were disappointed that Sanders was unable to win the Democratic 2020 nomination.

While the two senators are natural ideological allies, they briefly clashed during the primary race over reports that Sanders told Warren that a woman could not be elected president, culminating in a viral moment after a debate in which Warren confronted Sanders over the disagreement. 

Biden has already committed to tapping a woman as his running mate, narrowing the field of potential contenders and sparking an unusually public effort by some to join his ticket. 

Warren said in April that she would accept an offer from Biden to be his running mate, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down MORE (D-Calif.) has also expressed openness to the possibility, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has openly touted the benefits she says she would bring to the Democratic ticket.

Updated: 10:15 p.m.