‘If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together we can win…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is the first Democratic candidate to indicate clearly that she plans to run for the presidency in 2020.
On Monday, Warren released a video announcing she is forming an exploratory committee to run for the White House, confirming rumors that she had prepared a campaign team and readied her finances.
Warren laid out several policy objectives in the announcement, including wealth redistribution and a comprehensive health care reform.
“America’s middle class is under attack,” Warren said in the video. “How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice.”
Democrats widely expected Warren to announce her bid for the White House, despite reports that her campaign efforts have lost steam.
She spent the better part of the last two years raising money for her campaign, which already has $12.5 million to its name, according to Politico.
But Warren’s failed DNA test — in which she claimed Native American ancestry despite having less than 2 percent Cherokee blood in her pedigree — has isolated her from minorities and progressives.
When asked if she regretted releasing the results, Warren said: “I put it out there. It’s on the Internet for anybody to see. People can make of it what they will. I’m goin to continue fighting on the issues that brought me to Washington.”
Despite this lack of credibility, Warren says she expects to be a strong contender in what will likely be a crowded primary field.
“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others who work just as hard slip through the cracks into disaster,” Warren said in the video. “What I’ve found is terrifying. These aren’t cracks that families are falling into, they’re traps.”
She concludes the announcement by saying, “If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together we can win. We can and we will.”