Elizabeth Warren takes big move toward 2020 presidential run

"Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers, and while big oil companies destroy this planet".

The Massachusetts senator, known as a liberal firebrand in her party, released a video in which she outlines her vision of a path to opportunity for all Americans.

Mr Trump's use of Pocahontas, a 17th century Native American woman associated with the British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, was aimed at drawing attention to a controversy over her heritage raised during Warren's 2012 Senate race.

Warren already has the building blocks of a campaign apparatus - a dedicated staff and a policy platform, outside advocates ready to go to bat for her, a grassroots fundraising operation that's the envy of her rivals, and a political organization that she used to help Democratic candidates around the country in the 2018 election. As the Globe puts it, "the former Harvard law professor is likely to come up against numerous candidates beating the same drums of economic fairness".

Raises more money than what is reasonably needed to test the waters, or amasses funds to be used after the candidacy is established.

She's running, and she's started with a strong opening shot. That is consistent with Warren's pitch as she has risen to national prominence by taking on bankers and large companies. And even some Democrats accused Warren of misunderstanding the complexity of race and identity.

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In a video announcing the formation of the committee, Warren focused on her own life in America, and how her mother and father struggled and worked hard to give her opporunities that were unavailable to them. And we know it is time to fight... "We can and we will".

Warren has been a leading voice on the left and for years has launched withering attacks on the United States banking system, which made her a poster child of the progressive movement - but some aren't buying the narrative that Warren is a progressive hero, particularly since she failed to endorse Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries.

Warren has described Trump as an "insecure money grubber" driven by greed and hate. She easily won reelection in November. Meanwhile, outgoing Maryland democratic representative John Delaney officially announced his campaign for president in 2017.

Warren's website can be found here. She is unlikely to seek the assistance of a billionaire-funded super PAC, according to a source familiar with Warren's thinking, because she believes grassroots support should be a defining factor in the coming primary. There isn't much space to the left of Warren in the Democratic Party. She attended George Washington University on a scholarship but left after two years.

If competently run, the Warren exploratory committee can fairly quickly answer some of those questions. She was also among those considered for Hillary Clinton's running mate.

Warren was among Democrats to back equal marriage in 2011 while President Barack Obama was still "evolving" on the issue, also backing backed federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBT+ people.

  • Sonia Alvarado