Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change
- Author: Tracy Klein Feb 10, 2019,
Feb 10, 2019, 0:29
Walking onto a stage in Lawrence to the tunes of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", the MA senator made her announcement Saturday morning.
Warren was introduced on Saturday by Representative Joe Kennedy III, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and part of the new generation of the most prominent Democratic family in MA and arguably the U.S.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Saturday that Warren has been "exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of MA she deceived to get elected".
Trump refers to Warren as "Pocahontas", a slur referencing accusations that she falsely claimed Native American ancestry in a Harvard directory.
The senator accused rich people of waging class warfare against the working class for years, and vowed to fight back.
In her speech, Warren said "This is the fight of our lives".
If elected, Warren would be the United States' first female president. Her past claims to Native American heritage, including a controversial DNA test to prove she had distant Native American ancestry, landed her in hot water with the Cherokee Nation. One of Donald Trump's favorite targets for verbal abuse, she's sure to draw quite a bit of attention in an increasingly crowded Democrat field.
She is the latest Democrat to launch a campaign to become the party's presidential candidate.
Carmen Reyes is among the many residents who say Warren's announcement is a positive development as the city recovers from September's natural gas explosions and fires.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
"All she's doing is trying to protect us when the story's twisted and, of course as usual, it's gets pushed on things like 'Oh, she said she's Native American.' Like, who cares about that?" she said. "I think the story needs to come back to more of that, which is hard in this day and age". "Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that's been rigged-rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected", Warren told the crowd of supporters. But I want to be clear.
Ms Warren intends to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the lead-off caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability. 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 or Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced her campaign last month, while Sen.