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Elizabeth Warren takes major step toward a 2020 presidential run

Elizabeth Warren takes major step toward a 2020 presidential run

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday morning that she was formally establishing a presidential campaign exploratory committee in an email to supporters with an accompanying video message posted online.

Warren's criticism of Trump's trade policies, erosion of consumer protections, and openness to authoritarian regimes has drawn his attention, and his disdain.

"America's middle class is under attack", Warren said in the video announcement.

"How did we get here?" Trump mockingly refers to her as "Pocahontas" because of her claim to Native American ancestry.

Warren, 69, a senator from MA since 2013, became one of Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race and they have continued to exchange biting insults during his presidency.

Warren has been laying the groundwork for this presidential run for a long time.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to scold Warren for breaking the rules and said to his colleagues, "She was warned".

Warren, who handily won a second six-year Senate term in November, said she wants to defend the Affordable Care Act from Republican attacks and "find a system of Medicare available to all that will increase the quality of care while it decreases the cost of all of us".

Warren enters a Democratic field that's shaping up as the most crowded in decades, with many of her Senate colleagues openly weighing their own campaigns, as well as governors, mayors and other prominent citizens. She did very badly in proving that she was of Indian heritage.

Warren already has the building blocks of a campaign apparatus - a dedicated staff and a policy platform, outside advocates ready to go to bat for her, a grassroots fundraising operation that's the envy of her rivals, and a political organization that she used to help Democratic candidates around the country in the 2018 election.

Warren's Native American heritage has been heavily scrutinized since she released a DNA report that showed she could anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American, which is significantly less than what was led to believe. "Nonetheless, she persisted." The line became a rallying cry for feminists in Democratic circles.

Warren shared the results of her DNA test, which was conducted by a Stanford researcher, with the Boston Globe in October.

Now, as a likely presidential contender, she is appealing to the party's base.

Born in Oklahoma City, Warren was the first member of her family to graduate from college after completing high school at age 16.

Trump was further pressed on whether he thought Warren could win the presidency, to which he quipped, "well, that I don't know, you'd have to ask her psychiatrist".

There is one person, however, who finds the whole idea of Warren's candidacy a joke: outgoing Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

"Elizabeth Warren will be the first".

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