U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her Native American heritage claims, aimed for a fresh start Saturday when she formally launched her 2020 presidential campaign. Nathan Frandino reports.
“I am in this fight all the way.”
Senator Elizabath Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign on Saturday, joining an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats set on challenging President Donald Trump.
“This is the fight of our lives, the fight to build an America where dreams are possible. An America that works for everyone.”
The Massachusetts Democrat is a leader of the party’s progressive wing and is making worker rights, fair wages and access to health care central to her campaign.
“Get ready because change is coming faster than you think.”
Her announcement comes as she struggles to move past criticism over her Native American heritage claims.
Just this past week, it was revealed she had described her race as American Indian on a registration form to the Texas State Bar in the 1980s.
The incident sparked fresh criticism of Warren, who said on Wednesday the claim was based on “family lore”.
“But family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship and this is why I have apologized.”
Warren is also an outspoken critic of Wall Street.
She gained national notoriety for her efforts to regulate large banks.
Warren’s entry comes ahead of an expected announcement by fellow U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who has said she will reveal her presidential plans in Minnesota on Sunday.