Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) before her official 2020 presidential candidacy announcement Saturday.

She spoke at a rally outside a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts to officially announce she was a Democratic nomination for president.

Ms Warren delivered a call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a "middle-class squeeze" that has left Americans crunched with "too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else".

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.

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.

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Although dominating headlines with criticism of President Donald Trump, whose administration she labeled Saturday the "most corrupt in living memory", the senior senator has some political baggage of her own. Since then, the field has grown considerably, including her Senate colleagues Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Cory Booker (N.J.). "She is in the exact same position as me", said Fay Scofield, 70.

Warren is counting on performing well in next year's primary in New Hampshire, where Democrats have tended to favor candidates from nearby states in open primary years. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC. Later in the week, Warren plans to visit South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California. Another possible presidential rival, Ohio Sen.

Warren also declared that she would not accept campaign donations from lobbyists, corporate PACs, or super PACs, a stance that has quickly been adopted by her fellow democratic candidates.

After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire. Many have expected the senator to announce her bid as other contenders come forward, though she has been coy about it.

Warren reached out to Cherokee Nation leaders earlier this month to express regret over her decision to release DNA test results backing up her ancestry claims along with a video highlighting her "family story" in October. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran, but lost to Trump in 2016. And as a senator from Vermont who won the New Hampshire primary, he would likely go into the Granite State as an early favorite if he chose to run again. After proposing an "ultra-millionaire tax" that would hit the wealthiest 75,000 households in America, Ms Warren told Bloomberg News last week that she continued to "believe in capitalism" but wanted to see stricter rules to prevent gaming the system - a marked contrast with the self-described democratic socialism of Sanders.

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