Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Walking onto a stage in Lawrence to the tunes of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", the MA senator made her announcement Saturday morning.

She'll be introduced by Congressman Joe Kennedy III, a fellow Massachusetts Democrat who will also endorse her candidacy, according to a source familiar with his plans.

"Democratic voters have said in polls that their primary concern leading up to 2020 is selecting a candidate who can defeat Trump, and they're anxious that just as Trump was able to use Hilary Clinton's emails scandals and blow that into a big thing that was very damaging to her campaign, that he may use this claim of Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry as her Achilles' heel".

She pointedly said of President Donald Trump, "The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken".

The campaign's decision to stage the senator's first campaign rally in Lawrence, a former industrial mill town, highlights the key constituency groups she hopes to appeal to in her campaign, including immigrants, women, working class families and union members. "I am in that fight all the way", Warren said.

"This is the fight of our lives", she said. "This go-around, Warren needs to deal with the issue now, rather than in October 2020".

Trump Vows to Protect People of Faith
Trump also introduced Elan Carr, the newly named special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Two of the Holts' children - Max, 10, and Liz, 9 - joined the couple at the breakfast.

Despite sub-zero temperatures and a blustery wind, an estimated crowd of several thousand turned out to hear the MA senator pledge to fight corruption in Washington, level the economic playing field and reform the United States democratic process. "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. "Separating a momma from a baby does not make this country safer", Warren said in an interview with CNN last summer, a message she has returned to during her time on the campaign trail.

The 69-year-old from the USA 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. The Washington Post reported that Warren wrote in 1986 that her race was "American Indian" in a Texas state bar registration card, adding to the list of instances in which the senator self-identified this way. "I want to see a revival of civic grace".

A challenge for Warren, 69, a regular target of Trump's attacks, is to prove to a Democratic base desperate to defeat Trump that she won't fail them.

Warren will not go into her presidential announcement with the wind at her back, however.

"All she's doing is trying to protect us when the story's twisted and, of course as usual, it's gets pushed on things like 'Oh, she said she's Native American.' Like, who cares about that?" she said.

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.

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