Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward a 2020 presidential run

Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward a 2020 presidential run

Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward a 2020 presidential run

Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include almost two dozen candidates.

Warren, 69, who became a senator from MA in 2013, has frequently clashed with Trump, who has cast aspersions on Warren's claim to Native American ancestry and mockingly referred to her as "Pocahontas".

Warren's possible strength in what will be a crowded contest includes her track record of speaking to economic concerns. "Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers and while big oil companies destroy this planet". She and her three older brothers went through economic hardships, with her father's heart attack when she was 12 resulting in medical bills that required her mother to work at Sears and Warren to wait tables at age 13.

In a new video, the Massachusetts Democrat, 69, says she is launching an exploratory committee, a process that allows Warren to publicly raise money and hire campaign staffers.

Warren's upcoming bid for the Democratic nomination was highly anticipated.

Warren uses the time-honored technique of labeling conservatives of being racists and homophobes after attacking the government as a "tool for the wealthy". Warren also has a jaundiced view of American power; in a foreign policy speech at American University in November, she opined, "Whether our leaders recognize it or not, after years as the world's lone superpower, the United States is entering a new period of competition".

Warren is the most prominent Democrat yet to make a move toward a presidential bid and has always been a favorite target of President Trump. Outgoing Maryland Rep. John Delaney is the only Democrat so far to have formally announced a presidential campaign.

It made no mention of a recent Warren stumble: her October decision to release results of a DNA test that said she probably had a distant Native American ancestor. "How did we get here?"

In one of multiple nods in the video to racial inequality, she adds that "families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier, a path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination" - an early acknowledgment of the political importance of appealing to and winning the support of minority voters. Trump's mocking reference has drawn criticism from some Native American groups while others criticized Warren for trying to lay claim to a tribal nation. The only potential candidates with better numbers were Biden and Sanders, but unlike them, Warren has never before sought the presidency. President Barack Obama considered appointing her to run the new bureau but then passed on her. Warren ran for the Senate instead.

But almost two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened.

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