Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Elizabeth Warren Formally Declares Candidacy, Enters the 2020 Race

Elizabeth Warren Formally Declares Candidacy, Enters the 2020 Race

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday with a call for bold reforms to America's dysfunctional economic and political status quo. Not afraid to go after big banks and big business, she may yet turn into a frontrunner, too. Warren's platform will focus on numerous same issues she's worked on since she was a Harvard Law School professor who helped President Barack Obama create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 recession: cracking down on big banks, making corporations more accountable to workers, and expanding health care and housing for the middle class and low-income Americans.

She has $11 million left over from her commanding 2018 Senate re-election victory that can be used on her presidential run. A recent CNN poll found that fewer Democrats said they'd be very likely to support Ms Warren if she ran than said the same of former Vice President Joe Biden or Senators Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Since then, the senator has traveled to the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and SC, and last month visited Puerto Rico, using the trip to slam President Donald Trump's handling of Hurricane Maria recovery efforts as well as his insistence on building a wall along the U.S. southern border.

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. Mr Trump had always been calling her "fake Pocahontas". New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC.

Donald Trump says he isn't concerned about potentially squaring off against Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 US presidential election. Some of her grandkids are also expected to be in attendance. "I am in that fight all the way", Warren said.

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Her October release of a DNA test, meant to bolster her longstanding claims in hopes of settling the controversy before she launched a presidential bid, was widely panned. Many have expected the senator to announce her bid as other contenders come forward, though she has been coy about it.

Many Massachusetts residents who turned out for the campaign kickoff, meanwhile, said they'd rather see the 2020 race focus on issues that matter to many Americans, such as income inequality, student debt and health care - not Warren's heritage. Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC.

After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire. He did so on Twitter, where he made light of Warren and threw down a campaign gauntlet. "Nobody", she said in a 2011 viral video explaining the importance of taxation. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran, but lost to Trump in 2016. And as a senator from Vermont who won the New Hampshire primary, he would likely go into the Granite State as an early favorite if he chose to run again.

She later apologized to the tribe's chief and reaffirmed she is not a citizen of any tribal nation. It became an unofficial Warren motto after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in a 2017 incident, complained that she had been warned against continuing to speak on the Senate floor in violation of Senate rules, but "nevertheless, she persisted".

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