- Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially announced she is running for president in the 2020 Election.
- Speaking to a crowd in Lawrence, Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, Warren called supporters to join “the fight of our lives” against corruption in Washington and vowed to fight for middle-class Americans.
- Warren’s comments Saturday echo her December announcement that she was launching an exploratory committee, which said her run was dedicated to defending the middle class.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially announced she is running for president in the 2020 Election.
Speaking to a lively crowd in Lawrence, Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, Warren called supporters to back the “fight of our lives” against corruption and slanted regulations in Washington.
“It won’t be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration,” Warren said. “We can’t afford to just tinker around the edges – a tax credit here, a regulation there. Our fight is for big, structural change.”
Decrying the broken system in Washington, Warren echoed her past comments when she vowed to fight for middle-class Americans.
“This is the fight of our lives.,” Warren said. “The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way. And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”
Laying out the primary concerns of her campaign, Warren said she was focused on changing regulations that would “clean up Washington, change rules in our economy, [and] change rules to strengthen our democracy.”
Warren repeated her promise that she would not accept any money from PACs or federal lobbying, and would not allow super PACs to be formed on her behalf.
Pointing to her background in law and academia, which contributed to her spearheading the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and calling banking executives before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, of which she’s a member, Warren said she would focus on eradicating corruption in Washington.
“Corruption is a cancer on our society and we will get rid of it with strong medicine, with real structural reform,” Warren said.
Warren took aim at President Donald Trump’s administration, which she called “the most corrupt in living memory,” but held up as an example of necessary reform.
“The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America,” Warren said. “A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. So once he’s gone, we can’t pretend that none of this ever happened.”
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III introduced Warren, touting his former professor’s ability to formulate comprehensive and holistically beneficial policy.
“Before there was an editorial every day lamenting economic inequity, Elizabeth Warren knew that stock prices don’t tell a full account of our country’s economic story,” Kennedy said. “Medical bankruptcies and foreclosures and paychecks are part of that story, too.”
The event came days after refreshed controversy over Warren’s claim of Native American heritage, which has plagued her image since a 2012 Senate race, sparked by a report by The Washington Post that said Warren wrote that her race was “American Indian” on a 1986 Texas state bar registration card.
Warren was at the event in below-freezing temperatures alongside her family, including her husband, Bruce, and her two children.
In an email to supporters last week, Warren’s campaign said the location for the announcement was chosen because of the 1912 strike by textile workers in Lawrence, many of whom were women, because they were “underpaid, overworked, and flat-out exploited workers from more than 50 countries gave Lawrence the nickname ‘Immigrant City.'”
The Massachusetts senator is the latest congressional heavyweight to join the race, joining Democratic senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Top senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar are also widely reported to be joining the race soon.
Warren first announced that she was launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run in 2020 in a video posted to her website on December 31, 2018. In the video, Warren – who has long been expected to run – described her vision of defending the middle class, which she said was “under attack.”
After the announcement, Warren quickly began recruiting top staff in key primary states including New Hampshire and Iowa, and has campaigned in those states, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.