Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren entered the 2020 race for president on Monday, releasing a four-and-a-half minute video outlining the issues she cares about and her track record in addressing them.
In an email to supporters on Monday, Warren explained that she was forming an exploratory committee, which allows her to raise money and fill staff positions before a formal start of her presidential bid.
Later on Monday, at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Warren was joined by her husband, Bruce H. Mann, a professor at Harvard Law School, and their golden retriever, Bailey, as she met with press and reinforced her credentials as a champion of the middle class.
“The problem we’ve got right now in Washington is that it works great for those who’ve got money to buy influence, and I’m fighting against that,” she said. “And you bet it’s going to make a lot of people unhappy. But at the end of the day, I don’t go to Washington to work for them.”
By Tuesday, the 69-year-old Massachusetts Democrat had announced visits this weekend to several major cities in Iowa, the state that holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in February 2020, with trips to other early voting states planned in the coming weeks, according to the New York Times.
While Warren’s attacks on Wall Street and unflinching opposition to President Trump have boosted her popularity with grass-roots liberals, she is considered by some to have missed her strongest chance at a successful tilt at the candidacy, had she challenged Hillary Clinton in 2016. She also recently stirred controversy after releasing results of a DNA test to prove her claim to Native American ancestry, after long enduring Trump’s mocking nickname for her, “Pocahontas” — a slur Native American groups have denounced as a racist epithet.
Critics expressed concerns at the time that by seeking and publicizing the test results, Warren had put too much emphasis on undocumented lineage over tribal citizenship criteria. “What they’re telling us is they are privileging non-indigenous definitions of being indigenous,” explained Dr. Kim TallBear, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, to the New York Times.
Advisers close to Warren told the Times she had privately expressed concern she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her standing with activists, particularly from racial minorities. She’ll soon have the opportunity to discover whether that anxiety has been warranted.
Watch Senator Elizabeth Warren’s video announcing her ‘exploratory committee for president’ below:
Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me: https://t.co/BNl2I1m8OX pic.twitter.com/uXXtp94EvY
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 31, 2018
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