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US Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks on February 9, 2019 while announcing her presidential candidacy in Lawrence, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren officially kicked off her 2020 White House run Saturday with a full-throated pledge to defend working Americans, unbowed by a row over her Native American ancestry that has threatened to nip her campaign in the bud. "This is the fight of our lives," she told cheering supporters in gritty Lawrence, Massachusetts, against "a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else." The Massachusetts senator--who had announced her intention to run on New Year's Eve--is among the highest-profile of the growing pool of Democrats hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. The matter reared its head again this week when The Washington Post published what it said was an official 1980s document in which Warren listed her race as "American Indian." Trump's re-election campaign issued a dismissive statement ahead of Warren's announcement, saying she had "been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career." It said her "socialist ideas" would hurt workers. Cluverius says Warren will need strong Hispanic support since two popular African Americans--Democratic senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker--are also in the crowded field. – Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone." Warren delivered a sharp 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 and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.

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Warren announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts at a mill site where factory workers went on strike in the early 20th century, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform. Asked if fellow New Englander Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, could pose a serious threat to Warren in New Hampshire's critical primary should he get into the race, Garcia said Warren is "such an effective communicator that I think that people will respond to that very well." A recent CNN poll found that fewer Democrats said they'd be very likely to support Warren if she runs than said the same of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sanders. Another possible presidential rival, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, planned to be in New Hampshire on Saturday, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar is announcing her bid Sunday in her home state of Minnesota. Doug Rubin, a Boston-based strategist who advised Warren during her first Senate run in 2012, said in an interview that most voters will respond to "the powerful message she's been talking about," in terms of battling social and economic injustices, rather than the back-and-forth over her personal identity. 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 decided to run again.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Saturday made it official: She's running for president. Warren, who on the last day of last year announced she'd formed an exploratory committee in anticipation of a 2020 White House bid, told supporters at the Everett Mills business center in Lawrence, Mass., she's ready to fight on behalf of working Americans, promising to build a small-dollar, grassroots movement around her cause. Lawrence, nicknamed the "Immigrant City," was the perfect backdrop to launch her campaign, she said, given it was the setting of the 1912 Bread and Roses textile labor strike, a protest instigated by women. She said that President Trump is just the "latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America." Warren on Saturday was introduced and endorsed by fellow Massachusetts congressional delegation member Rep. Joe Kennedy III, of the Democratic dynasty, who was once a student of the Rutgers-trained bankruptcy and commercial law professor at Harvard. Kennedy, who delivered the rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union in 2018, said this week that he is ruling out a run for president in 2020, freeing him up to endorse a candidate.

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President Trump has seized on allegations dredged up during her first senatorial race that Warren, a vocal detractor of the president, used claims to minority status as a Native American in the 1980s and '90s to springboard her legal career, dubbing her "Pocahontas" ahead of the 2016 election. News this month that she had offered a private apology to the Cherokee Nation for her handling of the situation was quickly overshadowed by the revelation she identified her race as Native American when she registered for the State Bar of Texas in 1986. Although the Democratic senator did not bring up her former claims to Native American heritage during her announcement Saturday, she did say that "race matters, and we need to say so." Warren's official announcement on Saturday kicked off a campaign storm of seven states, including early-nominating Iowa and New Hampshire this weekend, before stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California. With her announcement, Warren officially enters a growing pool of Democratic primary candidates, including fellow Sens. Announcing her 2020 bid, Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused President Donald Trump of being part of a "rigged system that props up the rich and the powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else." 2020 Elections Warren launches 2020 bid amid ancestry fallout The Massachusetts senator hit on themes of resistance and criticized the president but is still being scrutinized over her Native American heritage claims.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren formally announced her candidacy for the White House Saturday, framing herself as a champion of the middle class who would fight to overhaul a rigged system built to benefit the wealthy. Kennedy, along with a slew of Massachusetts Democrats, including her fellow senator, Ed Markey, and U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03), endorsed Warren for president, offering her a needed lift as she struggles to answer more questions about past claims of Native American ancestry. Weeks before the November midterm elections, she was roundly criticized for releasing results of a DNA test that showed she was likely somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1024 Native American. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore?" the president said in a Tweet. Warren though is to immediately begin a national tour with nine events over 10 days that includes all four early presidential primary states, Georgia and a swing out west concluding in Los Angeles.

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