Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Cheryl Sanders
February 9, 2019

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.

Weeks after announcing her exploratory committee, Warren's announcement in MA today kicked off her campaign in what's shaping up to be a large Democratic field running against President Donald Trump. Amy Klobuchar is expected to be the 10th on Sunday.

"The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken".

Kennedy's decision to throw his support to his home state senator - and not his good friend, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is considering a bid of his own - is a clear signal to fellow Democrats that she remains a serious primary contender despite a politically trying week. After their divorce in 1978, she married Bruce Mann, a Harvard University law professor, in 1980. Her past claims to Native American heritage, including a controversial DNA test to prove she had distant Native American ancestry, landed her in hot water with the Cherokee Nation.

Arguing that the struggles mill workers faced 100 years ago are similar to those million of American families face today, Warren said she - like the women of Lawrence - is here to say "enough is enough" and take her fight for US middle class workers to the White House.

Elizabeth Warren essentially has been disqualified from a presidential run by virtue of her claim, in 1986, to Native American race on her Texas bar registration card. "Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that's been rigged-rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected", Warren told the crowd of supporters. Warren's campaign team said she plans to follow the announcement with trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California, early or important states that will help pick the Democratic nominee.

In 1912, textile workers in Lawrence, many of them immigrant women, walked off the job and went on strike to protest wage cuts. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

In particular the separation of migrant children from their families at the border. She announced last month her plan to impose a "wealth tax" on Americans with more than $50 million in assets. "That's a fundamental promise of America", she said. Billionaires would pay an additional 1%.

"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.

But even as Warren sharpens her policy positions and political message, the specter of additional, previously undisclosed examples of Warren labeling herself Native American on professional forms looms in the background.

Another unanswered question: whether the dust-ups will permanently undermine Warren's campaign.

Ms Warren has apologised for taking the test. A year before any ballots are cast in a Democratic primary, many of those candidates are spending this weekend talking to voters in the early-nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and SC.

The Cherokee Nation criticized Warren's announcement previous year, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using DNA analysis to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong".

"I'm not particularly paying attention to the noise and the distractions of any candidate, whether it's someone I support or not", she said.

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