Marty Walsh says these 3 Democrats can take on Donald Trump in 2020

"I do think that those three have a story to tell."

 FILE - In a Tuesday, July 11, 2017 file photo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during a rededication ceremony for the repaired New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh has taken the oath of office for a second term as Boston's chief executive Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Former Vice President Joe Biden presided over the inauguration Monday at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
–The Associated Press

When it comes to the 2020 presidential race, Mayor Marty Walsh has no shortage of close, political allies he could support.

But while the Democrat has often stopped short of endorsing a candidate, Walsh on Monday laid out three contenders he thinks have the best chances of winning against President Donald Trump: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Each has what it takes to “energize the base” of the party, he told WGBH’s Jim Braude.

“I think that there are different types of bases within the party,” Walsh said. “The other candidates, I don’t take away from them. Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] is a good candidate, he’s doing a good job. [New Jersey Sen.] Cory Booker is running a good race. But I do think that those three have a story to tell.”


Walsh has developed a close —and well documented —relationship with Biden. In 2018, Biden did the honors of swearing in Walsh for a second term, and the two often chat by phone, including as recently as a few weeks ago, Walsh told Braude.

In January, Walsh met with Warren regarding her bid for the presidency, telling a reporter the senator “has an incredible platform.”

But despite questions about whether he’ll give a nod to either Biden, his home state senator, or another prospect in the large pool of candidates, Walsh has repeatedly steered clear of offering up his support just yet.

Pressed by Braude about a potential Biden endorsement,at the moment, he’s just “focused on the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup,” he said Monday.

“I was down in Washington the other day and I was sitting next to Sen. Warren, she was sitting next to me and we talked,” Walsh said. “We didn’t talk about the presidency. We were talking about the infrastructure bill, so, again, I’m going to make my decision at some point in the future.”