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The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging Democrats to join him in opposing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

The question is whether Schumer’s entire caucus will follow him in a filibuster of the nomination, which would force Republicans to win 60 votes for his nomination.

Republicans have warned they will go “nuclear” and change the Senate’s rules to force through the Gorsuch nomination if Democrats block a nominee they say is fully qualified for the court.Democrats, emboldened by opposition to Trump on the left, are still stinging over the GOP blockade against President Obama’s nominee to the court, Merrick Garland.

GOP leaders are eyeing a final confirmation vote in early April.

Here’s where Democrats stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee:

Last updated at 1:08 p.m. March 25. 

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) 

Whitehouse said he was not convinced that Gorsuch wouldn’t “pick up where Justice Scalia and his troop left off,” by issuing rulings — such as on campaign finance — that benefit Republicans.

“Judge Gorsuch needed to convince me he would not join the posse that has relentlessly stretched the law to benefit Republican partisans and corporations at the expense of everyone else.  He did not.  He will not get my vote,” he said in a March 24 statement.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

Baldwin is up for re-election in 2018 in a pro-Trump state but she will vote against his Supreme Court pick.

“President Trump needs to earn 60 votes in the Senate, but I am not one of them,” Baldwin said, according to ThinkProgress, a liberal blog.

She said she has “concerns about this nominee’s deeply troubling record.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

“The people of Ohio deserve Supreme Court Justices who will defend the rights of working families over Wall Street and corporate special interests — and Judge Gorsuch’s record doesn’t pass that test,” Brown said in a statement.

Sen. Bob Casey (Pa.)

“I don’t believe that Judge Gorsuch, his judicial approach, would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania … and I will not support his nomination.”

Casey is up for reelection in 2018 in a state President Trump won.

Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.)

“Judge Gorsuch has sided with corporations over the environment, the disabled, and consumers. We need a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for the rights of all Americans against big corporate interests, and Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record is proof that he not that justice.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.)

“This is a stolen seat being filled by an illegitimate and extreme nominee, and I will do everything in my power to stand up against this assault on the Court.”

Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.)

“I have concluded that his anti-worker record, his troubling history working on torture policy for the Bush administration, and his hostility toward upholding disability rights make me unable to support his nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.)

“If Judge Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court, I worry he would try to circumscribe voting rights and consumer protections and impose new constraints on civil liberties and women’s health care and roll back clean air laws.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

“After careful consideration of Judge Gorsuch’s record, I have concluded that I will not vote to confirm him to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

“I will not support Republican efforts to change the rules to choke off debate and ram the nomination through the Senate.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

“He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.)

Udall, who recently floated the idea of confirming Gorsuch and President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, simultaneously, has come out against confirming Gorsuch alone.

“He failed to answer questions that are critical for me — his position on the rights of working mothers, whether women can choose their own health care decisions, LGBTQ rights, and dark money in our elections,” Udall told the Albuquerque Journal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

“I’ve strongly opposed the Gorsuch nomination. Giant companies don’t need another Supreme Court justice to tilt the law in their favor.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.)

“I will vote no on his nomination and I will vote to sustain a filibuster.”

 

Undecided (11)

Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Bennet was criticized by the liberal group CREDO Action after praising fellow Coloradan Gorsuch’s integrity and intellect while introducing the nominee to the Judiciary Committee on March 20.

Asked Thursday if he would vote for Gorsuch, Bennet said, “I’m thinking about it.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Facing re-election next year in a state President Trump won by 19 points, Donnelly is considered a prime candidate to vote for Gorsuch. He has yet to announce his position.

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.)

A spokesman says, “He has not announced his position yet.”

Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Heinrich told The Hill Thursday that he remains undecided.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

One of the most centrist members of the Democratic caucus, Heitkamp met with Trump after the election to discuss areas of common ground. She plans to review footage of the confirmation hearing before announcing her vote on Gorsuch

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)

King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, earlier this month praised Gorsuch’s record on the 10thCircuit Court of Appeals as “exceedingly independent” but said Thursday he hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.)

Manchin said on March 23 that he’s setting up a second meeting with Gorsuch and will make a decision after discussing follow-up questions with the nominee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

McCaskill has steadfastly refused to comment on the nominee, a strategy she stuck to Thursday after he finished testifying before the Judiciary panel.

“I’m not talking about Gorsuch,” she said.

Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.)

A spokesman for Nelson, who is up for re-election next year in a state Trump won narrowly, says his boss is “undecided.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

A close ally of Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, she will likely come out against Gorsuch but has not yet put out a statement.

She faces re-election next year in a state Trump carried.

Sen. Jon Tester (Mont.)

Tester wasn’t thrilled with Gorsuch’s testimony but he will not announce his decision until the week of March 27.

“There are some things I wish he had been a little bit more clear on. There are some questions he didn’t answer,” he told The Hill.

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Elizabeth Warren Drops The Hammer On Trump With Bill To Implement the Emoluments Clause

Elizabeth Warren Drops The Hammer On Trump With Bill To Implement the Emoluments Clause

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren and a slew of Democrats are taking aim at Donald Trump with new legislation that would force him to release his tax returns and divest himself of potential financial conflicts of interest.

The legislation titled the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 would require the president and vice president to comply with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by requiring them to release their tax returns and divest themselves of any personal financial conflicts of interest. It would also require cabinet appointees to recuse themselves if any potential presidential conflicts of interest came before their agencies.

Sen. Warren said, “The American people deserve to know that the President of the United States is working to do what’s best for the country – not using his office to do what’s best for himself and his businesses. The only way for President-elect Trump to truly eliminate conflicts-of-interest is to divest his financial interests by placing them in a blind trust. This has been the standard for previous presidents, and our bill makes clear the continuing expectation that President-elect Trump do the same.”

Co-sponsor Sen. Bob Casey said, “President-elect Trump’s conflicts of interests are unprecedented and for the good of our nation he must divest himself from his businesses. The American people deserve to know that their president is acting in their best interest and not for the benefit of his business interests. Unless President-elect Trump divests, the American people will have no way of knowing where the Trump Organization ends and the Trump Administration begins.”

The legislation faces an uphill path as Congressional Republicans have been happy to turn a blind eye to Trump’s obvious financial conflicts of interest, but just like the Russian hacking scandal that Trump keeps trying to bury, the conflicts of interest surrounding the president-elect are not going to go away.

Trump has taken no steps to date to divest himself of his business interests. In fact, Trump has gone as far as to paint himself as being above the law by say that the President can’t have conflicts of interest.

Senate Democrats are keeping the focus on Trump’s many conflicts of interest. Sen. Warren may not get the Senate to pass her bill, but it is clear that she is locked in on Trump and going to be taking the fight to him every single day.

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Warren and Booker polish their 2020 resumes

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The potential presidential contenders nab committee assignments that will bolster their foreign policy chops.

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, two rising stars in the party who are already talked about as presidential contenders in 2020, are taking committee assignments next year that will burnish their foreign policy credentials ahead of a potential national run.

Booker will join the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2017, giving the New Jersey Democrat a powerful perch on a panel that grapples with weighty matters such as authorizing war and leveling sanctions against foreign governments. The first-term senator will also have a front-row seat for the confirmation fight over Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

Warren will become the newest Democratic member of the Armed Services Committee, adding military credentials to a legislative portfolio heavy on domestic policy. That committee has a high-profile nomination fight as well: retired Gen. James Mattis, whom Trump will nominate to lead the Pentagon.

Booker said in a statement that the committee assignment “will enable me to keep fighting to strengthen America’s national security” while “serving as a check and balance on the new administration.”

Warren noted that three of her brothers served in the military, while Massachusetts is home to bases, defense companies and key research hubs that conduct military work.

Booker had also eyed a seat on the influential Judiciary Committee, according to Democratic sources — which would have positioned himself to battle over Trump’s future Supreme Court nominee, the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general and issues such as criminal justice reform. That committee has a Democratic seat open as well, with incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York relinquishing his spot there, but the list of committee assignments Booker released Thursday does not include Judiciary.

Warren and Booker were on Hillary Clinton’s prospective VP list earlier this year. But both lacked the depth of foreign policy experience of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who currently sits on both the armed services and foreign relations panels. Kaine was a leading voice in his party pushing for an authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State.

Fellow Democrats noted Warren’s lack of experience in foreign policy during the vice-presidential chatter, with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell arguing that the Massachusetts senator was “not in any way, shape or form ready to be commander-in-chief.”

Warren, pressed on Rendell’s critique during a June interview on MSNBC, said “Yes, I do” when asked whether she believed she was prepared to become president if necessary.

The assignments will give the senators access to regular classified briefings on foreign affairs that aren’t available to senators who don’t sit on the relevant committees. Booker will be front and center on major foreign policy matters such as U.S.-Russia relations, in light of intelligence assessments that found evidence of Russian interference in the Nov. 8 election, and the future of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Booker backed the deal despite heavy lobbying by anti-deal forces.

Warren will be in the middle of battles over military spending, oversight of the Pentagon and the debate over the National Defense Authorization Act, a sweeping defense policy measure that Congress tackles every year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is still negotiating with Schumer to determine how many seats each party will have on each panel, aides said Thursday. The complete list of committee assignments will likely be released before Christmas, though it could wait until the new Senate convenes in January.

One Democratic seat on the Foreign Relations Committee was open following the retirement of California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who held a senior seat on the panel. There are no obvious vacancies among Democrats on the Armed Services Committee, and aides declined to say Thursday which senator may be leaving the panel.

Another potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, sits on the Armed Services Committee, where she has carved a national profile battling sexual assaults in the military.

Booker is giving up his seat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, but he’ll keep his three other existing assignments: Commerce, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business. Warren is leaving the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but she will remain on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Aging Committee and the Banking Committee.

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Austin Wright contributed to this report.

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Elizabeth Warren Eviscerates Trump’s Crooked, Racist Transition Team

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Warren slams Trump’s decision to surround himself with the “kind of people he ran against”

Elizabeth Warren laid bare Trump’s hypocrisy and bigotry on Tuesday, slamming him for not only installing Steve Bannon as his new Chief Strategist, but also for having far too many lobbyists on his transition team.

While speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council event, Warren pointed out that the political climate that allowed Trump to win also demands that he keep corporate executives out of Washington.

“I think that the clearest point that comes out of this election is that the American people do not want Wall Street to run their government,” she said. “They do not want corporate executives to be the ones who are calling the shots in Washington”

“What Donald Trump is doing is that he’s putting together a transition team that’s full of lobbyists — the kind of people he actually ran against.”

During his campaign, Donald Trump set up vivid verbal images like, “Draining the Swamp,” to instill in his voters the message that he would get the corruption and career politicians out of Washington. He promised bans on executive branch politicians becoming lobbyists and intimated that his opponent, Hillary Clinton was a Wall Street politician. He even went so far as to suggest that global elites (a well-worn anti-Semitic trope) were rigging the election for her.

Yet, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s team includes:

A half-dozen prominent Washington lobbyists are involved in the transition team, including consultants who represent energy companies and agriculture interests. Other business leaders have been mentioned for prominent posts, including Wall Street executive Anthony Scaramucci, tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel and former Goldman Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin.

Warren also called out Trump’s decision to put a white nationalist on his staff. She made it clear that the kind of man Steve Bannon is makes it look like a Trump White House will “embrace bigotry.” Bigotry that, she reminded the corporate professionals she was speaking to, would “cause a real problem” in the long run.

“I just want to underline something that every one of you know: bigotry is bad for business. Bigotry is not what your employees expect. Bigotry is not what your customers expect,” she said. “And if that’s the direction that this administration goes, that creates a real problem for everyone.”

That very real problem isn’t the only one shaping up with this administration. Trump has shown that he doesn’t care about his promises to end corruption. In fact, because of what he is doing now, we expect not just corruption, but historic corruption with a healthy dose of legislated bigotry as well.

Elizabeth Warren, one of the most liberal politicians in the country, is now appealing to the greed of Corporate America because Trump is going to hurt their bottom line. These are strange times indeed.

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Elizabeth Warren Was Not Pleased With Donald Trump’s Economic Policy Speech

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Frequent Donald Trump attacker Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) returned to form on Monday, this time with a strong rebuttal to the GOP presidential nominee’s economic policy speech.

Trump’s campaign advertised Monday morning’s address as a major event, hoping it would help undo the candidate’s terrible last week. However, the address was mostly a regurgitation of Trump’s previously announced economic plan, and ― as usual ― was low on substance.

As she often does, Warren used Twitter, Trump’s favorite medium, to rebut the candidate’s plan, calling out his proposals to reduce Wall Street regulation and give tax breaks to the wealthy. She accused Trump of promoting the same types of policies that led to the 2008 financial crisis and noted that many of his economic advisers have deep pockets, thanks to their experience on Wall Street.

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Warren has proven to be a formidable asset in helping Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attack Trump, so it’s safe to say that she will continue to take on the real estate mogul until the election.

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Warren to go on attack for Clinton

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is relishing her role as one of Hillary Clinton’s most effective attack dogs against Donald Trump.

Warren’s criticism of Trump in tweets and speeches has gotten under the Republican presidential nominee’s skin, provoking angry outbursts from the billionaire businessman.

She’s has shown a talent for irking Trump — mainly on Twitter — and moving him off message, which is something Trump’s GOP primary foes struggled to do.

Scott Ferson, a Boston-based Democratic strategist who voted for Clinton in the primary, said Warren’s attacks were effective because she knows where to aim and has the credibility to back it up.

“She knows how to hit Trump where he lives,” said Ferson. “I would have hated to be Elizabeth Warren’s younger brother.”

The liberal stalwart homed in on Trump’s business background and derogatory comments about women, labeling him a con artist who’s bilked his way into striking distance of the White House.

Soon after Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Warren tweeted that the duo was a perfect match: “Two small, insecure, weak men who use hate & fear to divide our country & our people.”

Trump changed the subject and countered that Warren was a “fraud” who lied about having Native American ancestry. Warren shot back with comments about the lawsuits he faces over Trump University while defending her own credentials.

“It might blow your mind that a woman worked hard & earned a good job on her own,” she tweeted, “but it’s not the 1800s. It happens.”

Warren also joined a chorus of Democrats calling for Trump to publicly release his tax returns, implying that the real estate mogul is hiding a bombshell.

“Maybe he’s just a lousy businessman who doesn’t want you to find out he’s worth a whole lot less than he claims. We really can’t know for sure,” Warren said in a video for progressive nonprofit MoveOn.org.

And when Warren campaigned with Clinton for the first time, on June 27, she used the stage to knock Trump’s ethics.

“What kind of a man roots for people to lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their life savings? I’ll tell you what kind of a man: a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for no one other than himself,” she said. “What kind of a man? A nasty man who will never become president of the United States.”

Democratic strategist Craig Varoga said Warren “expresses well thought-out plans in pithy sound bites.”

Trump has trouble with people attacking him, “especially a well-educated, forceful woman,” Varoga added.

Warren, a former law professor, has spent her career advocating for and proposing economic policies aimed at reining in Wall Street and big corporations and helping the middle class and the poor.

Her authenticity and credibility on economic issues could help energize people who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the Democratic primary and persuade undecided voters to vote for Clinton.

“She’s uniquely suited to talk about economic solutions to the problems that both Trump and Sanders have identified and talked about so far,” such as bad trade deals and the struggles of the middle class, Varoga said.

Warren targeted Trump even before endorsing Clinton, and she continued as the presumptive nominee deliberated about choosing a running mate.

But Warren is unlikely to stop attacking Trump and pushing her economic message just because she won’t be the vice presidential nominee, say allies on the left.

“She’s motivated by a policy agenda she believes in,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “She’s not motivated by a desire to audition for a title.”

Ferson agreed, noting Warren’s past tension with Clinton gives her no reason to stick her neck out.

“She is really, really afraid of what Donald Trump will do if he becomes president,” said Ferson. “Elizabeth Warren has no reason from a personal standpoint to help Hillary Clinton.”

Warren energizes progressives and Democrats as a whole because “she is fearlessly willing to speak truth to power,” said Neil Sroka, communications director at Democracy for America. His group and MoveOn had partnered on the “Run Warren Run” campaign from December 2014 to June 2015 to encourage the senator to run for president.

Warren’s comments resonate with progressives and people across the political spectrum because she has a plain, easy-to-understand way of speaking and “her integrity is self-evident,” said MoveOn Communications Director Nick Berning.

She can also appeal to undecided voters who may be attracted to Trump’s economic message because she provides more substance, experts said.

Warren’s progressive credentials give Clinton a much-needed bridge to the left wing of her party.

Though Warren criticized Clinton’s economic stances long before she joined the Senate in 2013 and held out on an endorsement in 2016 until the former first lady had clinched the nomination, she’s insisted Clinton is the best person to fight for middle- and working-class families.

“For 25 years … the right wing has been throwing everything they possibly can at her. What she’s done is she gets back up, and she gets back in the fight,” Warren told MSNBC upon endorsing Clinton on June 9.

“You also have to be willing to throw a punch, and there are a lot of things people say about Hillary Clinton, but nobody says she doesn’t know how to throw a punch,” she said.

Warren is the “best person to raise money, excite the base and maximize turnout for the base,” said Ferson. “There’s no one who provides that excitement in the way that Elizabeth Warren does.”

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Progressives Pressure Clinton Over Vice-Presidential Pick

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ST. LOUIS ― With presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton set to announce her running mate in the coming week, many progressive activists and lawmakers fret that her choice may undo much of the work her campaign has done to court the party’s left wing.

At this weekend’s annual Netroots Nation conference, the year’s largest gathering of progressive activists, a number of attendees expressed concern that a more moderate choice ― such as Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who is widely considered the leading candidate ― would suppress turnout and engagement.

Asked about a Clinton/Kaine ticket, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who is running in his state’s Democratic Senate primary, let out a disdainful chuckle. “What can I say? I worry he’s well to the right of the mainstream Democratic Party,” he said.

Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a prominent liberal advocacy group, contended that a Democratic ticket with a moderate vice presidential candidate could hinder Clinton’s campaign operation. “An energizing vice presidential pick will get millions of people to not just vote, but volunteer and give money,” Green said, “as opposed to merely showing up on election day.”

Many Netroots attendees expressed hope that Clinton would name Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), citing Warren’s stance on a number of issues and her popularity.

“I think it signals the direction of the party,” said Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who was the only member of the Senate to endorse Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, of a more liberal running mate. “It would very much capture a lot of momentum for progressive issues.” Merkley, who many attendees floated as a potential running mate, added that he would also be pleased if Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) or Sanders were tapped as Clinton’s number two.

Merkley declined to comment on anxiety about Kaine, only to say that the Virginia senator is “very capable.”

“I think most progressives would love to see Elizabeth Warren,” said Grayson. “There’s an obvious warmth that people feel toward Elizabeth Warren that isn’t duplicated by any other Democratic figure. People feel that they can believe in her, which is very important in motivating our folks to vote.”

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The Clinton campaign, for its part, has made a concerted effort to court the party’s progressive wing, both during the primary and after Sanders dropped out earlier this week. The campaign had multiple representatives at Netroots, appearing on panels dedicated to advancing progressive agendas. Many attendees spoke favorably of Clinton’s recent expansion of her proposal to reduce college debt to provide free tuition to working-class families. And, in a video message aired at Netroots, Clinton said she would introduce a constitutional amendment early in her administration to undo the Citizens United ruling that opened the door for today’s anything-goes campaign finance regime.

“I think the campaign has responded responsibly,” Grayson said.

Kaine, for his part, has been emphasizing the progressive aspects of his record on some issues of particular import to the party’s left flank. In an interview with CNN, Kaine said he is “a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade,” likely a reference to his past remarks that he personally opposes abortion. Many abortion rights proponentshave expressed concern over his stance on the issue.

Despite the rapprochement between the Clinton campaign and progressive activists, many in the party’s base, in particular Sanders supporters, remains deeply skeptical of Clinton’s move to the left and her vice presidential pick.

In a press release, a group of Sanders delegates released the findings of a survey of 250 Sanders-supporting delegates, saying a majority would “Nonviolently and emphatically [protest] in the convention hall during Clinton’s acceptance speech” if Clinton picked a running mate that didn’t support a liberal enough agenda.

“Can any Democratic presidential candidate afford to do without solid support from this base in a general election?” Karen Bernal, a delegate from Sacramento, said in the group’s statement. “That is the question Secretary Clinton and her advisers should think long and hard about.”

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Warren slams Trump and Pence as ‘two small, insecure, weak men’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Saturday turned her fire on the newly minted GOP presidential ticket, calling Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence “two small, insecure, weak men.”

She said Pence “is famous for trying to control women’s bodies,” and that the two Republicans’ “sexism” is “in line with the party platform.”

Warren’s tweetstorm came just minutes ahead of the scheduled joint appearance where Trump will introduce Pence as his running mate.

Warren is reportedly on the shortlist to be Hillary Clinton‘s running mate. Warren met with the presumptive Democratic nominee at her DC home Friday amid reports that Clinton is closing in on choosing a running mate.

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Warren Tears Into Trump: He’s A ‘Thin-Skinned, Racist Bully’

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The Democratic senator also brought up the lawsuit over Trump University.

“Now Trump University failed, and that’s no surprise,” Warren said, according to NBC News. “Think about all the other Trump failures. Trump casinos. Trump Airlines. Trump steaks. Trump magazines. Trump vodka. Trump Mortgage. Trump Games. Trump Travel. Trump Ice. Trump Network. Donald Trump is a proven businessman — a proven failure.”

Warren said that Trump should be shaking “in his high-priced Italian loafers, begging the court to protect him, terrified about what happens if those videos go public and he is held accountable.”

“Are you scared Donald? Well, you should be! We’re coming,” she said, according to NBC.

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Clinton considering Warren, not Sanders, for running mate

Clinton considering Warren, not Sanders, for running mate

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Hillary Clinton is considering U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing several people familiar with the process.

Hillary Clinton is considering U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for her running mate for the Democratic presidential ticket, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing several people familiar with the process.

Warren, a leading progressive voice among Democrats, is among those Democratic presidential candidate Clinton is vetting for the vice presidential position, the newspaper reported. Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders is not, it added.

Sources told Reuters earlier this month that Warren, who represents Massachusetts, is considering the potential role.

Representatives for Clinton, Sanders and Warren did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the report.

Clinton is the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election, having won the last primary contest this week in the District of Columbia.

Although Clinton and Sanders met this week, the senator from Vermont does not plan to end his campaign or endorse Clinton in a video speech to supporters scheduled for later on Thursday, his spokesman said.

While the search for a potential partner in the race is still in its early stages, the Journal reported several Democrats said Clinton’s campaign is looking at a number of potential candidates, including Warren.

Other prospective running mates include U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, according to the report. Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey as well as U.S. Representatives Xavier Becerra of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio are also under consideration, it said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also a potential candidate, it added.

Warren threw her support behind Clinton last week as the former secretary of state moved her sights from the nominating contest toward a Nov. 8 match-up against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Warren could help Clinton win over Sanders supporters from the party’s more liberal wing after a surprisingly protracted primary race. Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, has not yet dropped out.

She also would give Clinton a vocal boost in her fight against Trump. Warren has called Trump a threat to the country and has vowed to keep lashing out at him.

(This story has been refiled to remove superfluous word “endorsed” in paragraph nine.)

(Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)