For about an hour, somewhere behind Hillary Clinton’s firmly shut front door, the Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren talked late Friday morning about God-knows-what.
While they did, most of Washington and the political press talked about one thing: the possibility that Warren – the progressive firebrand from Massachusetts – a favorite of Bernie Sanders supporters – would be Clinton’s pick for vice president.
“The ultimate dream ticket,” veteran Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told PEOPLE of Warren – a former Harvard Law School professor who specializes in bankruptcy law and has a history of fighting big banks.
“Elizabeth Warren would make a great vice president,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat from Oregon who had endorsed Sanders over Clinton, told CNN. “I want to see success in November.”
While Warren emerged from Clinton’s stately home off Embassy Row grinning broadly, neither woman said – or Tweeted or Facebooked – anything about their private talks.
Just the previous evening, Warren, who was the only female U.S. senator not to endorse Clinton in the thick of her primary fight with Sanders, threw her support behind the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“I’m ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House,” Warren told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Traditionally, it is the vice presidential nominee’s role to be the attack dog on the ticket. And, whether by design or mere inclination, Warren has emerged as Trump’s most vocal and lacerating critic, almost seeming to relish the role. As she said in her MSNBC interview, “Donald Trump is a genuine threat to this country. He is a threat economically to this country. He is a threat to who we are as a people. There is an ugly side to Donald Trump … he is an insecure money-grubber who cares about nothing but himself.”
In a thank-you Tweet following her endorsement announcement, Clinton called Warren “Trump’s exact opposite: honest, decent, and deeply concerned for working families.”
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Trump, using his nickname for Warren because of the Native American heritage of one of her distant relatives, Tweeted that he relished the idea of a Clinton-Warren ticket.
In a campaign increasingly waged via Tweet, Warren responded tightly, “Seriously. Delete your account.”