Elizabeth Warren Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Senator Elizabeth Warren has suspended her campaign from the 2020 presidential race, she announced to reporters outside her Cambridge home Thursday morning.

"I say this with a deep sense of gratitude for every single person who got in this fight, every single person who tried on a new idea, every single person who just moved a little in their notion of what a President of the United States should look like," she said. "I will not be running for president in 2020, but I guarantee I will stay in the fight for the hardworking folks across this country who have gotten the short end of the stick over and over. That's been the fight of my life, and it will continue to be so."

Warren's announcement came after she failed to pick up any Super Tuesday wins earlier this week. She came in third in Massachusetts, her home state, and fourth in Oklahoma, where she grew up.

Speaking to the Cambridge crowd along with her husband Bruce and family dog Bailey, she said she had no regrets about her campaign.

"This has been the honor of a lifetime," Warren said. "Ten years ago, I was teaching a few blocks from here and talking about what was broken in America, and ideas for how to fix it, and pretty much nobody wanted to hear it. And I've had a chance to get out there and talk with millions of people. We have ideas now that we talk about that we weren't talking about even a year ago."

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Sen. Warren announced the suspension of her campaign outside her Cambridge home Thursday morning. (Getty Images)

There was no word yet on whether Warren would make an endorsement of either Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden. When asked what guidance she would give to supporters, she said she needed a bit more time and space to consider.

"Well, let's take a deep breath and spend a little time on that," she said. "We don't have to decide on that this minute."

She was also asked what her message would be to women and girls who are disappointed that their choice now lies between two white men.

"I know one of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises, and all those little girls who are gonna have to wait four more years," she said. "That's going to be hard."

Warren's policies, such as Medicare For All and breaking up big businesses, tended to mirror Sanders more so than Biden, but there have been public and personal spats between the two senators.

Both the Biden and Sanders campaigns have spoken with Warren since Tuesday night.

She said she believed the reason her campaign didn't connect with more people was, in part, an issue of polarity.

"I was told at the beginning of this whole undertaking that there were two lanes: a progressive lane that Bernie Sanders is the incumbent for, and a moderate lane that Joe Biden is the incumbent for, and there's no room for anyone else in this," she said. "I thought that wasn't right, but evidently, I was wrong."

Even as she announced she was leaving the race, Warren spoke about the issues important to her, such as a two-cent wealth tax, universal child care, cancelling student debt, and raising social security payments.

"It's about all the people who are affected by all the issues I've talked about, whether they got involved in my fight, or someone else's fight, or even not at all," Warren said. "However we talk about this, there still is a trillion and a half dollars of student loan debt outstanding. There are still tens of millions of people across this country who, one bad medical diagnosis, and they're upside down, financially."

As for what would come next, Warren said she is looking for a way to continue pushing for the policies she believes in.

"I had to think a lot about, where is the best place for me to go to keep fighting those fights?" Warren said. "Because those problems don't disappear when I stand here in front of you. Those problems go on, and my job is to keep fighting and to fight this as smartly and effectively as I can."

WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports

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