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Hil­lary Clin­ton teams up with El­iz­a­beth Warren to take on Don­ald Trump.

CINCINNATI — El­iz­a­beth Warren of­fered an im­pas­sioned en­dorse­ment of Hil­lary Clin­ton on Mon­day, sym­bol­i­cally uni­fy­ing the Demo­cratic Party be­hind the pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee and giv­ing vot­ers a rous­ing pre­view of what could be a his­toric joint ticket.

Throw­ing clasped hands high in the air, the two women promised to “go big” and “go bold” to level the play­ing field for frus­trated and an­gry work­ers.

“I’m here today be­cause of her,” said Warren, a cham­pion of the party’s lib­eral base, be­fore 2,600 cheer­ing sup­port­ers at the his­toric Cincinnati Mu­seum Cen­ter at Union Ter­mi­nal. “We’re here to fight side by side with Hil­lary Clin­ton.”

The im­age marked an im­por­tant mo­ment of party unity af­ter Clin­ton’s long-fought pri­mary against lib­eral chal­lenger Bernie San­ders, who has not yet en­dorsed his for­mer ri­val. And with the Mas­sachusetts sen­a­tor un­der con­sid­er­a­tion to be Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, it may also be a har­bin­ger of the party’s fu­ture.

Warren showed how she could play the role as an at­tacker-in-chief against Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, call­ing him a “small, in­se­cure money-grub­ber,” “a nasty man” and “goofy.”

An un­prece­dented two-woman ticket would elec­trify the party’s lib­eral wing, boost­ing en­thu­si­asm for Clin­ton’s cam­paign as she con­tin­ues to face high un­fa­vor­able rat­ings. Warren could also help Clin­ton com­bat the per­cep­tion that the mul­ti­mil­lion­aire for­mer first lady is dis­con­nected from the strug­gles of work­ing Amer­i­cans — an im­age en­cour­aged by San­ders dur­ing his cam­paign.

Her arm over Warren’s shoulder, Clin­ton lav­ished praise on the pro­gres­sive icon, whom she called a “friend” and a “great leader.”

The two women have never been close, ac­cord­ing to aides, who note they didn’t over­lap in the Se­nate and worked in dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Clin­ton served as sec­re­tary of state, while Warren helped es­tab­lish the Con­sumer Fi­nan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau.

To­gether, they slammed Trump, cast­ing him as a small­minded, self-in­ter­ested bil­lion­aire who would de­stroy the coun­try’s econ­omy.

“Don­ald Trump is the guy who wants it all for him­self,” said Warren. “And watch out. Be­cause he will crush you into the dirt to get what­ever he wants.”

She’s taken his hits in re­turn: He blasted her as “Poc­a­hon­tas,” a ref­er­ence to past dis­cus­sions about her hav­ing Amer­i­can In­dian ances­try.

“Crooked Hil­lary is wheel­ing out one of the least pro­duc­tive se­na­tors in the U.S. Se­nate, goofy El­iz­a­beth Warren, who lied on her­itage,” Trump tweeted Mon­day.

Warren’s tough as­sault is val­ued by Clin­ton, who aides say par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ates sur­ro­gates who don’t mince words in their at­tacks.

“I do just love to see how she gets un­der Don­ald Trump’s skin,” said Clin­ton.

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