Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020

Posted February 10, 2019

Elizabeth Warren is expected to make her bid for the 2020 presidential election official today at 11 a.m. from Lawrence, Massachusetts, in New England, where residents voted by a landslide in 2016 for former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The progressive darling, smarting from a week of hard questions and another apology for calling her race "American Indian", will speak on the steps of Everett Mills, the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Warren was introduced on Saturday by Representative Joe Kennedy III, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and part of the new generation of the most prominent Democratic family in MA and arguably the U.S.

Warren picked up the endorsement of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) simultaneously with her launch - a group that could pump millions of dollars behind her candidacy and provide an outside attack dog against her Democratic opponents.

She pointedly said of President Donald Trump, "The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken".

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Trump refers to Warren as "Pocahontas", a slur referencing accusations that she falsely claimed Native American ancestry in a Harvard directory.

"Our fight is for big, structural change", said the MA senator, who throughout her speech invoked popular policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax, and ambitious criminal justice reform.

She added: "This is the fight of our lives, the fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone".

In the days leading up to Saturday's announcement, Warren has been weighed down by new questions over her past claims to Native American heritage.

She is the latest Democrat to launch a campaign to become the party's presidential candidate. The backing could prove valuable for Warren given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with her potential 2020 rival, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.

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"It's about dealing with extreme concentrations of wealth", said Stephanie Kelton, a professor at Stony Brook University in NY and former senior economic adviser to the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who's considering another run for the Democratic nomination.

Warren faced renewed criticism this week over her controversial Native American heritage claims after the Washington Post reported that she listed her race as "American Indian" on a Texas State Bar registration card in 1986. To announce the results of the DNA test, Warren used a campaign-style video that tried to directly address questions about her background.

Warren will not go into her presidential announcement with the wind at her back, however. After proposing an "ultra-millionaire tax" that would hit the wealthiest 75,000 households in America, Warren told Bloomberg News last week that she continues to "believe in capitalism" but wants to see stricter rules to prevent gaming the system - a marked contrast with the self-described democratic socialism of Sanders. "I want to know what people are going to do to fix the issues that matters that we face".

She notched a second viral moment in 2017 after Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell struggled to cut off a floor speech in which Warren was criticizing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.

That speculation hit a fever pitch just months ahead of her U.S. Senate re-election, when the Democrat told supporters at a Holyoke town hall that she would consider running for president after the 2018 midterms. She meant to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability. She will travel to Iowa on Sunday and make visits to South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California in the coming weeks.

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