Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a succinct response when asked if she would — hypothetically — be Joe Biden’s running mate.
“Yes,” the Massachusetts senator said during an interview Wednesday night on MSNBC.
Warren appeared on the cable network the same day that she endorsed Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, following their contentious 2020 primary race. Warren had said as recently as last month that it would be a “big risk” to nominate the former vice president and longtime political establishment figure to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the general election.
But while Warren — like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a fellow progressive standard-bearer and former 2020 candidate — acknowledged certain policy differences with Biden in her endorsement Wednesday, she also joined Democrats in arguing that he was by-far the better option than voting for Trump (or not voting at all).
During a Democratic debate last month, Biden committed to picking a woman as his vice presidential nominee and has reportedly been considering former rivals, including Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, among others.
And when the Delaware Democrat considered a 2016 presidential campaign, Warren was reportedly his top choice. The then-vice president even broached the idea of her being his running mate during a 2015 meeting with Warren, according to Politico; she was reportedly noncommittal at the time.
Warren’s hypothetical interest now comes as Biden works to appeal to more left-leaning Democratic voters who are, at a minimum, unenthusiastic about his 2020 candidacy.
Since dropping out of the race, Warren says she has gotten the opportunity to talk with Biden about their respective visions for the future of the United States.
“We both want the same thing: We want this country to work and we want it to work for everyone,” Warren said on MSNBC. “So I’m in this fight to help in any way I can.”
In an email Wednesday evening to Warren supporters, Biden wrote that he “needs” their support and plans to “earn it.” He recently endorsed Warren’s plan to reform the bankruptcy system — a long-running tension between the two Democrats — and parroted Warren’s call for “big structural change” in his note Wednesday.
“I know, for some of you, that you might be skeptical of me or my campaign,” Biden wrote. “I understand that. But I intend to earn your votes. And I intend to earn your trust.”