Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts announced on Monday through a video published on YouTube that she was forming an exploratory committee for a potential run for the presidency in 2020.
“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” Sen. Warren, 69, said in the video. “To be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and take care of the people we love. That’s what I’m fighting for and that’s why today I’m launching an exploratory committee for president.”
An exploratory committee allows individuals to raise money, travel, and conduct polling to see if they have a chance to be competitive in a campaign, according to the Federal Elections Commission.
In an email sent to her supporters, Sen. Warren said that she would officially announce her decision to run as a presidential candidate for the 2020 election next year.
Sen. Warren began emerging to political prominence following the 2008 financial crisis with her criticism of Wall Street, large corporations, big banks and the wealthy. She won her U.S. Senate seat in 2012 beating incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown and winning reelection in 2018.
The Senator from Massachusetts carried that criticism throughout her political career and into her video published on the last day of 2018.
“America’s middle class is under attack,” Sen. Warren says in her 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 fatter slice.”
“They crippled unions so no one could stop them,” Warren continued. “Dismantled the financial rules meant to keep us safe after the Great Depression. And cut their own taxes so they paid less than their secretaries and janitors.”
In her video, Warren gives credit to her childhood growing up in Oklahoma but makes no mention of her claimed Native American heritage. Warren caters to her base in the video by mentioning social, racial and income inequalities in the United States.
"Working families today face a lot tougher path in life than my family did. And families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier, a path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination," Sen. Warren said in her video.
Sen. Warren has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump since the 2016 presidential election campaign. President Trump told reporters in October that he welcomed a challenge by Sen. Warren in the 2020 election.
“I do not think she'd be difficult at all," Trump told reporters on Oct. 15. "She will destroy the country. She will make our country into Venezuela. With that being said, I don't want to say bad things about her because I hope she would be one the people that get through the process."
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