Elizabeth Warren calls for change as she makes 2020 presidential bid official

Charlene Craig
February 10, 2019

"Lawrence has a history of working people coming together to make change, where the fight was hard, the battle was uphill, and where a group of women led the charge for all of us", Warren said in a video promoting her announcement.

Her first husband, Jim Warren - to whom she was married during the period she described, from 1968 to 1978, and with whom she has two children - worked as NASA mathematician.

She has $11 million left over from her commanding 2018 Senate re-election victory that can be used on her presidential run.

Warren's announcement makes her the eighth Democrat officially running for president, joining the likes of Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, former Congressman John Delaney of Maryland, Spiritual author Marianne Williamson of Texas and businessman Andrew Yang of NY.

The formal start of Warren's White House campaign comes as the Democratic primary intensifies by the day, with numerous candidates including Sens.

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"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President", Trump wrote early Saturday evening."Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore?"

She called for steeper taxes on the rich, strong anti-corruption legislation, curbs on lobbyists and a defense of the climate.

Since launching her exploratory committee, Warren has traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Puerto Rico to meet with voters and test out her 2020 message. Kamala Harris and U.S. Sen.

After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire.

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. Senators Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar are also publicly mulling presidential bids.

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Another unanswered question: whether the dust-ups will permanently undermine Warren's campaign.

She also backed a constitutional amendment to ensure the right to vote, and she advocated for tightening ethics requirements on members of Congress and even Supreme Court justices. Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC.

Warren not only invoked class warfare in her speech, she made it abundantly clear that the real reason she is running is to take down Donald Trump. "On Sat, February 9, I'll be making a BIG announcement about my 2020 plans". 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 favourite if he chose to run again.

Hoping to put the controversy to rest, Warren released DNA tests in October - but this backfired when they showed her to have only negligible amounts of Native blood, dating back generations.

In the shadow of long-unused smoke stacks, at the site of a famous factory strike more than a century ago, Elizabeth Warren formally launched her presidential bid.

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