According to a new report from Amie Parnes of the Hill, former President Obama has been privately talking up Elizabeth Warren to wealthy donors.
Warren went from being considered a co-front-runner a couple months ago to polling in 3rd place in most national polls.
According to the RealClearPolitics averages, Biden leads national polling at 27.8, Sanders following at 19.3% and Warren falls in 3rd place at 15.2%.
The national numbers could quickly change depending on the results of early states Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spent her presidential campaign railing against the donor class, making it known she doesn’t want their help.
She has publicly bashed millionaires, has sworn off high-dollar fundraisers and has refused large checks from Democratic bundlers.
But behind the scenes in recent months, former President Obama has gone to bat for Warren (D-Mass.) when speaking to donors reluctant to support her given her knocks on Wall Street and the wealthy.
And if Warren becomes the nominee, Obama has said they must throw the entirety of their support behind her.
The former president has stopped short of an endorsement of Warren in these conversations and has emphasized that he is not endorsing in the Democratic primary race.
But he also has vouched for her credentials, making it clear in these private sessions that he deems her a capable candidate and potential president, sources say.
“He’s asked all of the candidates who have sought his advice three questions: Is your family behind you? Why you? And why now? She checked the box for all,” said one longtime Obama ally.
“I think he feels licensed to give an opinion on her because he’s ‘hired’ her,” the longtime Obama ally said.