After previously launching a presidential exploratory committee, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has officially announced that she will be joining the 2020 presidential election.
Warren made the announcement during a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts where she contended, “This is the fight of our lives.”
“The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way,” Warren continued. “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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During her rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she also received some high-profile endorsements from several lawmakers, including Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Sen. Ed Markey, both key Democrats from Massachusetts.
“No one knows how to fight for what is right better than Elizabeth Warren,” Markey said. “No one knows how to get under Donald Trump’s skin better than Elizabeth Warren.”
She touted her support for progressive politics, including increasing the minimum wage and Medicare for All. She propped up embracing diversity and the immigrants who helped build the nation, all with a backdrop of Everett Mills, the site of a workers strike 100 years ago led by women and immigrants that boosted workers rights.
She told the story of the strikes, using it as an example that even those without power can work together to shape policy and change America.
Warren has been considered a front-runner by some people on the Left despite not leading in Democratic polling. While she often trails former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, none of them have officially announced runs for the presidency.
Warren’s announcement puts her in contention for the Democratic nomination against fellow Democrat Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
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Warren, 69, has faced recent controversy over her past claims that she was of Native American descent.
She apologized Wednesday for “not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship” after The Washington Post published a 1986 Texas bar registration card where she listed her race as “American Indian.”
“I’m not a tribal citizen,” Warren told reporters. “My apology is an apology for not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty. I really want to underline the point, tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship.”
Warren has apologized multiple times in the past month. In response to the Post’s story, Warren said she “can’t go back,” in terms of claiming the heritage and that she was sorry for “furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty” and the harm she caused.