Warren kicks off presidential bid by refocusing her message on fighting inequality

Saul Bowman
February 10, 2019

Warren announced Saturday that she is making a run for president of the United States in the 2020 election - this despite repeated evidence that she claimed Native American heritage that is not backed up in a test of her DNA that she revealed last October.

"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 was scheduled to travel later in the day to New Hampshire, home to the nation's first primary, where Ms Warren could have an advantage as a neighbouring-state resident with high name recognition. She meant to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability.

Warren's announcement comes a little more than one month after she announced an exploratory committee, the first step major candidates take when considering a run for president.

Ms Warren announced her campaign in her home state of MA at a mill site where largely immigrant factory workers went on strike about 100 years ago, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform.

She was introduced Saturday by Democratic Rep Joe Kennedy III, who has endorsed her in the primary. In all, the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination may be the most crowded field in US history.

And some Democrats in early voting states have seemed unfazed.

While Warren represents MA, she was born and raised in Oklahoma, attended college in New Jersey, and taught at law schools in Texas and Pennsylvania before teaching at Harvard. After first winning election to the USA senate in 2012, Warren became one of the body's most outspoken critics of outlaw financial practices and white-collar impunity. "Like the women of Lawrence, we are here to say enough is enough!" "You built a factory out there - good for you". "I want to see a revival of civic grace". You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.

Warren also declared that she would not accept campaign donations from lobbyists, corporate PACs, or super PACs, a stance that has quickly been adopted by her fellow democratic candidates.

Warren acknowledged in her speech that some view her ideas as unrealistic. McConnell's complaint about Warren - "Nevertheless, she persisted" - has become a rallying cry for activists.

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.

But so far, Warren has not offered a unique argument as to why she can best beat Trump.

Warren's heritage claims have dogged her since her first campaign for the Senate in 2012, and Trump mockingly refers to her as "Pocahontas".

Warren, whose parents growing up in Oklahoma were a department store salesman and a homemaker, was a registered Republican for most of the 1990s.

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