Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren could serve as a crucial link between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose supporters are butting heads as the pair clashes in the race for president.
Warren, according to a Los Angeles Times report
, has some pull in the far-left side of the Democratic party, which may suit the Sanders crowd. And her overall popularity within the party can help with Clinton's supporters as the party tries to unite ahead of this summer's convention.
The senator, whose name was briefly thrown around in presidential candidate talk last year, has only served in the Senate since 2013. But she's developed a solid base of support and some Democrats see her as future presidential material.
Now, her role could be split between her duties on Capitol Hill and helping Clinton bring Democrats together as the former first lady nears the presidential nomination. And, assuming Clinton wins the nod, Warren might be able to work together with Sanders on key issues as the party tries to repair a rift caused by the contentious primary season.
"Elizabeth is more focused on the day-to-day policy battles than Bernie is, but yet she will inherit, I think, the political power that Bernie woke up out in the country," an anonymous Warren confidant told the Times.
"Bernie himself will be a much more significant figure on his return to the Senate than he was this term. Assuming they're able to work together at some level, that creates greater power."
Warren has been outspoken about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, airing her thoughts about the real estate mogul on Twitter.
Clinton has a strong lead in the primary vote despite Sanders' recent gains.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said last week the "entire Democratic party" is rooting for Clinton
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