In a widely expected move on Monday, Dec. 31, newly reelected Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) threw her hat into the 2020 race for the presidency, a contest which is expected to attract a wide field of candidates eager to unseat President Trump.
Stopping short of an full-fledged presidential run, Warren announced she had officially formed an exploratory committee to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
On New Year’s Eve, Warren filed papers to kick off her exploratory bid, and followed with a biographical video tracing her life from her childhood in Oklahoma to a career as a consumer advocate, an educator and member of the U.S. Senate.
“America’s middle class is under attack. How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut ’em a fatter slice,” Warren declares in her video announcement.
In an email delivered to supporters, Warren echoed progressive incantation, fixated on economic injustice and depicted herself as a champion of the working class standing up to the institutions of power in Washington, D.C., and Wall Street.
Greeting reporters in front of her home in Cambridge, Mass., later in the day, Warren appeared with her husband and told journalists:
“I’m in this fight all the way. Right now Washington works great for the wealthy and the well connected. It’s just not working for anyone else.”
A former Harvard professor of law, Warren rose to political prominence with strong calls for consumer protection and sharply criticizing the inner-workings of Wall Street. Following the economic collapse in 2008 and 2009, Warren was elected to the Senate under a progressive reform banner.
During her tenure in Congress’ upper chamber, Warren has courted controversy over her fiery rhetoric, progressive goals and allegations she has fudged the truth over her Native American heritage.
The controversies have caused injury to Warren: Despite an urge from the Boston Globe to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, the newspaper recently penned an editorial recommending she sit out the 2020 race over her “divisiveness.”
Under the exploratory committee, an organ established to determine her viability for the campaign, Warren is only contemplating a run for the presidency. Election law governing such entities allows Ms. Warren to raise money without disclosing donors.
Ms. Warren has already toured Iowa, the Democratic Party’s first primary state, and plans to visit the second, New Hampshire, in February.
Among the first to declare her intent to seek the Democratic nomination for the Oval Office in 2020, Ms. Warren’s exploratory committee announcement follows former Maryland Congressman John Delaney and West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda, both of whom officially declared their candidacy in 2018.
[NPR] [Boston Globe] [Washington Examiner]