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Elizabeth Warren Announces Her 2020 Presidential Candidacy

09 February 2019

Senator Elizabeth Warren has said she will run for president, adding a fierce advocate of economic populism to an already crowded field of Democrats in the United States vying for the presidency in 2020.

"It won't be enough to just undo the bad acts of this administration".

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".

The 69-year-old from the U.S. state of MA has already become a main target of Trump, who has dubbed Warren "Pocahontas" for previously identifying herself as a Native American, a controversy that has plagued the run-up to her candidacy.

Warren faced renewed criticism this week over her controversial Native American heritage claims after the Washington Post reported that she listed her race as "American Indian" on a Texas State Bar registration card in 1986.

"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", Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

Re "Warren can't beat Trump" by Joan Vennochi (Opinion, Feb. 7): Much as I admire Senator Elizabeth Warren, I agree that she would not be able to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.

The disclosure prompted yet another public apology from the senator, just days after she had expressed remorse to Cherokee leaders for using a DNA test a year ago to try to show her Native American ancestry. The Warren campaign eyed it as the place where families fought back against mill owners who sought to slash wages in 1912. Kennedy will be one of the first sitting members of Congress to formally back any of the declared 2020 candidates.

The campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for Warren.

The senator's latest round of apologies followed her telling Cherokee Nation's principal chief, Bill John Baker, that she was sorry for releasing the DNA test that purportedly vindicated her decades-long claims of Native American ancestry. Kirsten Gillibrand has also announced an exploratory committee.

Watch the announcement in the media player above. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are also expected to announce campaigns in the coming months. She laid out the vision for her presidency in the video as one in which democracy and our economy "work for all of us". Whether right or wrong, too many Americans would see her as a scold. She believes "working families today face a lot tougher path than my family did".

While Warren represents MA, she was born and raised in Oklahoma, attended college in New Jersey, and taught at law schools in Texas and Pennsylvania before teaching at Harvard.

She worked as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and was key in the conception of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for which she served as the first Special Advisor.

Elizabeth Warren Announces Her 2020 Presidential Candidacy