Warren Announces She Is Running for President in 2020

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced she is forming an exploratory committee ahead of an expected campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race.

"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", the Democratic senator from MA says at the start of the new, 4 1/2 video. "We got a real opportunity to build something", Warren says.

Vowing to continue challenging the "billionaires and big corporations" as well as the politicians they've enlisted to cripple unions, dismantle financial regulations, and push tax cuts for the rich, the senator says: "We can make our democracy work for all of us". The fact that Liz Warren did worse than Hillary Clinton in MA suggests that perhaps she's a below-par candidate. While she quickly became a liberal star when she joined the Senate, there is a real argument to be made that a Harvard professor from MA is not what the party needs in the 2020 general election.

Right this very second "Elizabeth Warren" is a top Twitter trend in the U.S. and has made the United Kingdom top ten, not to mention a slew of news articles.

To help with finances after her father suffered a heart attack, she started at age 13 waiting tables in a restaurant - part of a childhood she said gives her a visceral connection to ordinary Americans. She said the senator is well-positioned in the second nominating contest of New Hampshire, which has a history of backing presidential candidates from neighboring MA. She's been derisively labeled "Pocahontas" by Trump for her self-proclaimed Native American heritage.

Speculation that Warren might run for president began nearly as soon as she won her seat in 2012.

Warren was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, after raising an eye-popping $42.5 million to defeat Republican Sen. In one such episode, she turned an insult from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) - "nevertheless, she persisted" - into a liberal rallying cry. 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.

Warren has been a polarizing figure since her emergence as the main proponent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she has been one of the most harshly critical detractors of the financial services industry.

Assuming that Trump's reelection quest could go either way, I think he would profit marginally from facing Warren.

Born in Oklahoma City, Warren was the first member of her family to graduate from college after completing high school at age 16.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump described her as a "fake Pocahontas" and challenged her to take a DNA test. But Democrats saw in 2016 what can happen when 6 in 10 Americans dislike their nominee, and that's a distinct possibility with Warren in 2020. The Cherokee Nation said Warren was making a mockery out of DNA tests and was "undermining tribal interests".

  • Marlene Weaver