Warren meets with Clinton, fueling vice president speculation
WASHINGTON >> The woman who will lead the Democratic ticket in the fall had the woman who has become the Democrats' fiercest attack weapon against Donald Trump over for coffee Friday.
No coffee date was more closely watched. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was whisked past cameras waiting outside the stately Washington home of Hillary Clinton. There was no immediate word on what was covered during the 66-minute meeting of Democratic minds, but Democrats had said ahead of time that they would talk about how to defeat Trump, Clinton's presumptive GOP opponent.
The session came one day after Warren had endorsed Clinton amid heightened discussion among Democrats of the possibility that Warren could be Clinton's choice for vice president.
Clinton has said she would not rule out an all-woman ticket. She has also said the most important criterion for her will be whether her vice president could be ready to be president in a heartbeat.
It was that readiness that former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, a Clinton ally and co-host of the Democratic National Committee convention in Philadelphia next month, told an interviewer Thursday that Warren is in "no way shape or form" ready for that job. Hours later, Warren told MSNBC interviewer Rachel Maddow that she would be fully capable of being president.
Clinton thanked Warren for her support at the start of a midday address before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, but did not give details of their meeting.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden also endorsed Clinton on Thursday, sealing Clinton's position as the de facto Democratic nominee even though rival Sen. Bernie Sanders has not dropped out.
Warren has been in a heated rhetorical battle with Trump for weeks, much of it carried out on Twitter. Unlike many other critics, Warren seems to have gotten under the mogul's skin. He fires back retorts nearly every time she calls him small, greedy or unqualified. Those are among the milder things she has said.
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