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

Blanche Robertson
February 9, 2019

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is officially launching her presidential campaign Saturday morning, over a month after she announced an exploratory committee to test the viability of a bid for the White House.

Warren was introduced on Saturday by Representative Joe Kennedy III, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and part of the new generation of the most prominent Democratic family in MA and arguably the U.S.

"Democratic voters have said in polls that their primary concern leading up to 2020 is selecting a candidate who can defeat Trump, and they're anxious that just as Trump was able to use Hilary Clinton's emails scandals and blow that into a big thing that was very damaging to her campaign, that he may use this claim of Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry as her Achilles' heel".

Following the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on December 31, Warren had a successful first month on the campaign trail, making well-received trips to Iowa and New Hampshire with her message of taking on a corrupt political and economic system. Our fight is for big, structural change.

"It's a story about power - our power - when we fight together", she said.

Standing against the backdrop of Lawrence's Everett Mills - the site of the "Bread and Roses" labor strike - the Massachusetts Democrat laid out her vision for an America that prioritizes working and middle-class people over the wealthy and well-connected. Still, about as many Democrats said they'd be at least somewhat likely to support Warren as said the same of Harris or Sanders.

For her 2020 campaign, Warren has proposed a 2% wealth tax on fortunes of $50m or greater and a 3% tax on fortunes $1bn or greater. This is the fight of our lives, the fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America".

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Warren also apologized Wednesday afternoon for claiming she was of "American Indian" origin in a Texas Bar registration card from 1986. "I want to see a revival of civic grace".

Following her re-election to the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections, Warren announced the creation of an exploratory committee for her campaign in the 2020 presidential election.

She has been forced to apologise for claiming on several occasions in her early political career that she was of Native American descent.

The Boston Globe, in an editorial, ripped into her ahead of her announcement on Saturday, saying, in part: "Voters ready to forgive and move on might feel differently if the slow drip continues, or if her explanations don't hold up". Tribal activists, who were sharply critical over DNA test and earlier refusal to address the harm it might have done to their interests, have mostly welcomed her apologies.

"All she's doing is trying to protect us when the story's twisted and, of course as usual, it's gets pushed on things like 'Oh, she said she's Native American.' Like, who cares about that?" she said.

The campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for Warren.

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