Elizabeth Warren Announces Her 2020 Presidential Candidacy
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 10, 2019,
Feb 10, 2019, 0:24
She made her intentions clear during a speech in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Saturday morning.
She was introduced Saturday by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who has endorsed her in the primary. Elizabeth Warren is expected to launch her presidential campaign in one of New England's poorest and most heavily Latino communities.
Following the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on December 31, Warren had a successful first month on the campaign trail, making well-received trips to Iowa and New Hampshire with her message of taking on a corrupt political and economic system.
President Donald Trump frequently derided Warren as "Pocahontas" beginning in 2016 when she would blast the then-Republican nominee, and she eventually released a DNA test showing she had a distant Native American ancestor to try to quell the controversy.
Arguing that the struggles mill workers faced 100 years ago are similar to those million of American families face today, Warren said she - like the women of Lawrence - is here to say "enough is enough" and take her fight for US middle class workers to the White House.
Warren seemed to confirm rumors she would run last month, after forming an exploratory committee, and visiting multiple early primary states.
"This is the fight of our lives". Democratic Mayor Dan Rivera praised Warren's selection of his city, which he said is dealing with numerous key issues Washington is trying to tackle, such as the opioid crisis and expanding affordable health care.
Despite sub-zero temperatures and a blustery wind, an estimated crowd of several thousand turned out to hear the MA senator pledge to fight corruption in Washington, level the economic playing field and reform the U.S. democratic process. The enmity between the two politicians is no secret, but Warren focused on emphasizing the policies she wanted to enact rather than criticizing those now in use.
"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.
"I like her anger", said Christiane Alsop, who has donated to Warren's previous campaigns and is backing her presidential bid.
Warren, who is well known for her stance on wealth inequality and the return of the middle class, followed up by saying, "Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that has been rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected ..."
"I can't go back", Warren told The Washington Post. Although the Democrat decided against such a run, rumors about her White House ambitions continued to swirl as Warren gained national attention for her vocal criticism of Trump and other GOP leaders. Her ancestry drew fresh scrutiny earlier this week with the discovery that she described her race as American Indian on a form to join the Texas legal bar in the 1980s. She meant to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Julián Castro all would have a better chance of achieving that goal.