Hillary Clinton looks to Elizabeth Warren to boost image

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was set to meet with US senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading progressive voice, as she seeks to build party unity heading into her election campaign against Republican Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton looks to Elizabeth Warren to boost image

The meeting, reported by several media outlets, came a day after Ms Warren endorsed Ms Clinton’s White House bid, adding support from the Democrats’ liberal wing as Ms Clinton seeks to move on from her protracted primary battle with Bernie Sanders.

Former secretary of state Ms Clinton earlier this week secured the delegates needed to win the party nomination for the November 8 presidential election.

Party leaders are hoping Mr Sanders will soon drop his campaign.

Ms Clinton’s meeting with Ms Warren fuelled speculation she might be under consideration as Ms Clinton’s running mate. Asked whether she had discussed with Ms Clinton the prospect of being vice president, Ms Warren said she had not, nor had she been vetted.

Having support from Ms Warren would boost Ms Clinton’s ability to court Sanders supporters who have been fired up against Ms Clinton. Ms Warren and Mr Sanders share views on issues such as reining in Wall Street excesses.

Mr Sanders said he would remain in the race to the final nominating contest in Washington DC, next week but would work with Ms Clinton to defeat Mr Trump.

Ms Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, is also shaping up to be a no-holds-barred critic of Mr Trump and they have had several spats on Twitter.

Mr Trump said Ms Warren was one of the “least productive US senators”, adding in a tweet: “Hope she is V.P. choice.”

President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden also announced their support of Ms Clinton on Thursday, handing her a trio of big endorsements expected to boost her standing heading into the election campaign.

Ms Clinton is dogged by the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009-2013.

Emails between US diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials about whether to challenge specific drone strikes in Pakistan are at the centre of a criminal probe involving her handling of classified information, said The Wall Street Journal.

Republicans have consistently criticised Ms Clinton over the server.

“We should not live above the law, and that is one of the cardinal sins that Secretary Clinton violated,” said House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan.

Ms Clinton has said she did not send or receive any information that was marked classified, and accused the State Department and other government agencies of “over-classifying” her emails after a judge ordered them released to the public.

After Ms Clinton receiving Mr Obama’s endorsement, Mr Trump, who has made extensive use of Twitter during his insurgent Republican presidential campaign, took the opportunity to tweet: “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!”

Ms Clinton’s account quickly responded: “Delete your account,” in a tweet to her 6.7m Twitter followers.

Within minutes, the phrase, a popular form of online dismissal, became Ms Clinton’s most popular tweet ever, with more than 194,000 retweets and 213,000 likes.

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