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‘I Am Ready to Get in This Fight’: Elizabeth Warren Endorses Clinton for President

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“I think having a fighter in the lead – a female fighter in the lead – is exactly what this country needs."

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) formally endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during an interview on MSNBC's the Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday evening.

“I am 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 said.

“I think having a fighter in the lead – a female fighter in the lead – is exactly what this country needs,” Warren said.

“You enjoy talking about Donald Trump,” Maddow began.

“Yes,” Warren interjected, characterizing the upcoming election as a choice between a “fighter” and a “bully.”

Warren said she didn’t make an endorsement during the primary because she didn’t want to “tilt” the outcome.

"I thought that the primary was really important,” she said. “And it was an opportunity for Democrats to get out there and show this is what it means to be a Democrat. We got out there and pushed those issues forward and we made sure that the American people saw the kind of thinking we have and what makes us very different from those guys on the other side."

Warren said she hasn’t had a conversation with Clinton about serving as her running mate, and that she loves her job in the Senate.

Asked if she was capable of serving as vice president, and stepping into the role of commander-in-chief if required, Warren replied “Yes, I could.”

In a speech prior to her Clinton endorsement on Thursday, Warren called Trump “a thin-skinned, racist bully.”

Warren is held in high regard by many progressives, some of whom sought to encourage her to enter the race for the White House with a lobbying group called Draft Warren.

Earlier Thursday, President Barack Obama also formally endorsed Clinton.

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