Elizabeth Warren, US Democratic senator, announces 2020 presidential bid

Geraldine Edwards
February 10, 2019

"We must not allow those with power to weaponize hatred and bigotry to divide us", said Warren, who is 69, adding later, "Bigotry has no place in the Oval Office".

Mrs. Warren said President Trump is "a product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else". "This is the fight of our lives", she said, according to CNN. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. "I am in that fight all the way", she told supporters in Lawrence, Mass. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America".

One aspect of President Trump's policies that Ms Warren has remained fiercely critical of, is their immigration policy.

In order to hold large American corporations accountable, she suggested putting workers in "corporate boardrooms where the real decisions are made", break up monopolies when they "choke off competition", take on Wall Street banks and to prosecute companies that "rob their workers". "Warren took and released a DNA test last fall confirming she has some ancestry dating six to 10 generations ago, but that did little to defuse Trump".

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A well-known liberal leader, Warren has concentrated on consumer protection, economic opportunity, and the social safety net while in the Senate.

Elizabeth Warren's heritage claims have dogged her since her first campaign for the Senate in 2012.

"All I know is, during this time period, this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family's stories, but family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship", Warren said.

Earlier today, Trump's 2020 campaign also slammed Warren as a "fraud" in an email sent to supporters. "The American people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas like the Green New Deal, that will raise taxes, kill jobs and crush America's middle-class".

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Warren is part of an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats vying for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee.

In 2003, Senator John Kerry chose for his announcement not the reliably blue MA, but the red state of SC, and stressed his military service during a time of war by using a US Navy ship for a backdrop.

Even fellow blue state female senators Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand are quick to note they vastly outperformed other Democratic candidates in their home states over the years.

She is the latest Democrat to launch a campaign to become the party's presidential candidate. And families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier.

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Ahead of the 2016 election, Democracy for America and MoveOn.org Political Action launched the "Run Warren Run" campaign to push the senator to enter the presidential race. Warren has spent the past decade in the national spotlight, first emerging as a consumer activist during the financial crisis.

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