Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts just became the first major Democrat to throw their hat in the race for 2020. The liberal, who came under fire for claiming Native American heritage earlier in 2018, will be running for the presidency in 2020, reported The Hill.
Warren posted a video on Twitter to announce her intention. She revealed she is forming an exploratory committee to run for the White House.
“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.”
Warren announced her intention 13 months before the Iowa caucuses. There have been other small-name democrats to say they will run, but the only other big name to set up a run is former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
The 69-year-old is a former Harvard professor. She joins other potential Democratic contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Warren's announcement is not out of nowhere. People have been expecting her to make the announcement since she announced the results of a DNA test that she said showed "strong evidence" that she has Native American ancestry.
However, it showed that she had very little Native American ancestry. It also drew criticism from Native American groups who see such genetic tests as problematic.
In the video, she discussed her credentials for the presidency:
“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 says. “What I’ve found is terrifying. These aren’t cracks that families are falling into, they’re traps.”
She concludes the clip by saying, “If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together we can win. We can and we will.”
Warren is expected to base her campaign headquarters in Boston, according to the Washington Post. It will likely be led by longtime aide Dan Geldon.