FIRST ONE IN: Elizabeth Warren Announces Her Candidacy For 2020 Presidential Nomination

Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump

Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has entered the 2020 presidential race, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee in a video and an email to supporters early Monday morning.

"In our country if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to take care of yourself and the people you love. We got a real opportunity to build something", Warren says. As she puts it, so many of America's problems were caused because "Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice".

But, Warren said, regular people in American faced more hard challenges in 2018. Most voters will likely be surprised to learn she's only eight years younger than Sanders.

Warren is one of the first candidates to formally declare her intention to run, but she certainly won't be the last, which raises a question about how she fits into a field that may be as large as 30 candidates.

Warren released a video on her Twitter account explaining her motivation to move towards a presidential candidacy.

A former Harvard law professor, Warren has been a vocal advocate of consumer and workers' rights. Some also joked that they had "reservations" about Warren's run.




Trump disparaged Warren's Native American heritage, which she can trace through DNA back six to ten generations, by calling her "Pocahontas".

Sen. Warren made national headlines just days ago when she huddled with fellow progressive lawmaker Bernie Sanders; sparking new speculation of both legislators' potential run for the White House in 2020.

Speculation that Warren might run for president began nearly as soon as she won her seat in 2012. She's always been driven, then, by the desire to protect working and middle-class Americans from the corrupt institutions that allow giant banks and wealthy politicians to trample them. After she delivered a sermonette on the need for stricter financial regulation during a 2010 appearance on The Daily Show, the show's host, Jon Stewart, famously asked her, "Can I kiss you?" In the first TV ad of her 2012 Senate campaign, in November 2011, she said, "Washington is still rigged for the big guys, and that's got to change".

Warren's decision to release her DNA test was the "dumbest thing in years", said John Weaver, a Republican strategist and Trump critic who's an adviser to outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich. She quickly became one of the party's more prominent liberals even as she sometimes fought with Obama administration officials over their response to the market turmoil.

As a professor, she provided the intellectual basis for a consumer protection watchdog, which under legislation passed in 2010 became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Has the backlash against her DNA test and a period of underwhelming poll numbers damaged her political standing?

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