Sen Elizabeth Warren informed her staff that she is going to abandon her campaign for the presidency during an emotional phone call Thursday morning in which she thanked them and vowed that she would carry on her fight for progressive causes.
“I love you guys, too. I want to start with the news. I want all of you to hear it first, and I want you to hear it straight from me: today, I’m suspending our campaign for president,” the Massachusetts Democrat said, according to a transcript released by her campaign.
“I know how hard all of you have worked. I know how you disrupted your lives to be part of this. I know you have families and loved ones you could have spent more time with. You missed them and they missed you. And I know you have sacrificed to be here. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, for everything you have poured into this campaign,” she said.
The progressive Democrat, who hoped to become the first woman commander-in-chief, asserted that her attacks on Wall Street, big corporations and calls for helping low- and middle-income Americans would have a lasting impact.
“I refuse to let disappointment blind me — or you — to what we’ve accomplished. We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together – what you have done – has made a lasting difference. It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters – and the changes will have ripples for years to come,” she said.
Warren said she had built “a grassroots movement” that was not beholden to wealthy donors.
“We have also shown that race and justice – economic justice, social justice, environmental justice, criminal justice – are not an afterthought, but are at the heart everything that we do.,” she continued while portraying her campaign as an inspiration for other women.
“We have shown that a woman can stand up, hold her ground, and stay true to herself – no matter what,” she said before listing some of the issues she had raised awareness of.
“You know a year ago, people weren’t talking about a 2-cent wealth tax, universal childcare, canceling student loan debt for 43 million Americans while reducing the racial wealth gap, or breaking up big tech. Or expanding Social Security. And now they are,” she declared.
“We also advocated for fixing our rigged system in a way that will make it work better for everyone – regardless of your race, or gender, or religion, regardless of whether you’re straight or LGBTQ. And that wasn’t an afterthought, it was built into everything we did.”
But despite her high ideals, Warren ultimately failed in her quest, with a shutout on Super Tuesday providing the final nail in her campaign’s coffin.
Joe Biden won 10 contests and Bernie Sanders four, with Warren finishing a dismal third in her own adopted home state of Massachusetts.
Concluding her remarks, she told a story about meeting a woman who had just voted in Massachusetts primary on Tuesday.
“One last story. When I voted yesterday at the elementary school down the street, a mom came up to me. And she said she has two small children, and they have a nightly ritual,” Warren began.
“After the kids have brushed teeth and read books and gotten that last sip of water and done all the other bedtime routines, they do one last thing before the two little ones go to sleep. Mama leans over them and whispers, ‘Dream big. And the children together reply, ‘Fight hard,’” she said, adding: “Our work continues, the fight goes on, and big dreams never die.”
Warren has not indicated whom she might support in what is now a two-man race between a pair of septuagenarians, but had a press event scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
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