Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Warren kicks off presidential bid by refocusing her message on fighting inequality

Warren kicks off presidential bid by refocusing her message on fighting inequality

Still, about as many Democrats said they'd be at least somewhat likely to support Ms Warren as said the same of Ms Harris or Mr Sanders.

"Today, today, we come together ready to raise our voices together until this fight is won ..." In 2012, her run for the U.S. Senate in MA was overshadowed by reporting that she was listed for years as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory and as Native American while teaching law at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

She added: "This is the fight of our lives, the fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone".

After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire.

"I am running for president right now because I believe Americans have surrendered to cynicism", Booker said at an event in Waterloo, Iowa.

"I like her anger", said Christiane Alsop, who has donated to Warren's previous campaigns and is backing her presidential bid. She spoke at a rally outside a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts to officially announce she was a Democratic nomination for president.

Speaking from Washington, Al Jazeera's correspondent Heidi Zhou-Castro said that as popular as Warren's wealth reform proposals may be with the liberal base, "she does have quite a liability with her claims of Native American ancestry".

Shortly before Warren's highly-anticipated announcement, President Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement blasting Warren as "a fraud".

President Trump has often taunted Warren, dubbing her "Pocahontas" to mock her heritage claims. Warren took heat for not only the distant nature of her relative-by her own admission, she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American-but also for delving into the world of race science and seemingly playing into Trump's hands.

Callahan, who noted that he's looking at other progressive candidates, said he'd like to see White House hopefuls make gun control, student loans, income inequality and LGBTQ issues top priorities in 2020. "Only under President Trump's leadership will America continue to grow safer, secure and more prosperous".

Her October release of a DNA test, meant to bolster her longstanding claims in hopes of settling the controversy before she launched a presidential bid, was widely panned.

"Since that day, I've never let anyone tell me that anything is 'too hard, '" she quipped.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, the 69-year-old is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School.

She also spotlighted her push for increased government involvement in child care, college, infrastructure, clean energy, and the Green New Deal.

She got some of her biggest applause when she talked about her plan to change politics, repeating a pledge not to take money from special interests. Bernie Sanders in 2016; Hillary Clinton, then a NY senator, in 2008; and then-Massachusetts Sen.

Donald Trump says he isn't concerned about potentially squaring off against Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 US presidential election. Later in the week, Warren plans to visit South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California.

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