US Senator Elizabeth Warren launches 2020 campaign

Source:Reuters Published: 2019/2/10 20:23:40

US Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans.

The Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party's progressive wing, made her announcement from a historic site in Lawrence - a city northwest of Boston that was once the hub of textile mills and which launched the US organized labor movement.

Warren, 69, has made workers' rights, fair wages and access to healthcare central to her campaign.

"This is the fight of our lives. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone," Warren said. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America."

Warren is part of an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats vying for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee.

A year before any ballots are cast in a Democratic primary, many of those candidates are spending the weekend talking to voters in the early-­nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Warren's heritage claims have dogged her since her first Senate campaign in 2012, and Trump mockingly refers to her as "Pocahontas."

"Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore?" the president tweeted on Saturday. "See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Warren's ancestry drew fresh scrutiny earlier this week with the discovery that she described her race as American Indian on a form to join the Texas legal bar in the 1980s.

Warren has repeatedly apologized, saying the claim was based on "family lore," and she now understands tribal sovereignty dictates membership.

In a statement, Trump's campaign described her as a "fraud" and said the American people will reject her "dishonest campaign."


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