Warren's announcement makes her the eighth Democrat officially running for president, joining the likes of Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, former Congressman John Delaney of Maryland, Spiritual author Marianne Williamson of Texas and businessman Andrew Yang of NY.
Walking onto a stage in Lawrence to the tunes of Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five", the MA senator made her announcement Saturday morning.
She was to be introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who meant to endorse her candidacy, according to an official familiar with his plans.
Despite such criticism, several MA lawmakers joined Warren for her Lawrence 2020 campaign launch, including U.S. Reps.
Warren was the first high-profile Democrat to signal interest in running for the White House, forming an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve. "I am in that fight all the way", Warren said. She hopes that her call to fight back against a "rigged system" will resonate as she battles at least five fellow senators for the nomination and chance to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. Viewed alongside a new proposal from Sanders to hike the estate tax, Warren has positioned herself at the center of the progressive push to reduce corporate influence in Washington and economic inequality across the country.
Despite sub-zero temperatures and a blustery wind, an estimated crowd of several thousand turned out to hear the MA senator pledge to fight corruption in Washington, level the economic playing field and reform the USA democratic process.
"I can't go back", Warren told the Post.
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The Cherokee Nation blasted Warren for the test, which they said was a false claim to tribal membership, leading the senator to apologise.
In order to hold large American corporations accountable, she suggested putting workers in "corporate boardrooms where the real decisions are made", break up monopolies when they "choke off competition", take on Wall Street banks and to prosecute companies that "rob their workers". The backing could prove valuable for Warren, given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with one of her potential 2020 rivals, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.
The 69-year-old from the U.S. state of MA has already become a main target of Trump, who has dubbed Warren "Pocahontas" for previously identifying herself as a Native American, a controversy that has plagued the run-up to her candidacy.
Warren also apologized Wednesday afternoon for claiming she was of "American Indian" origin in a Texas Bar registration card from 1986. "I want to know what people are going to do to fix the issues that matters that we face".
Two weeks ago, Warren added more meat to her platform, introducing a new "wealth tax" on Americans with assets valued at $50 million or more. "That's a fundamental promise of America", she said.
Trump refers to Warren as "Pocahontas", a slur referencing accusations that she falsely claimed Native American ancestry in a Harvard directory.
She notched a second viral moment in 2017 after Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell struggled to cut off a floor speech in which Warren was criticizing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.