Senator Warren takes step toward 2020 U.S. presidential bid
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, announced Monday morning that her team has formed an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020.
The Massachusetts senator, known as a liberal firebrand in her party, released a video in which she outlines her vision of a path to opportunity for all Americans, not just the wealthy.
Warren is expected to say more about her plans Monday morning. She plans to begin traveling to the early-voting primary and caucus states soon. The exploratory committee will enable her to raise money to pay for that travel and to hire staff for this effort.
“I never in a million years thought I was going to run for office – any office,” she wrote in a letter to supporters Monday. “This wasn’t on my bucket list, my shopping list, or any other list.”
In a video released on social media, Warren said she’s running in order to take a stand for middle-class Americans. She lays out the vision for her presidency in the video as one in which democracy and our economy “work for all of us.”
“In our country if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to take care of yourself and the people you love. That’s a fundamental promise of America,” she said. Warren talked about her own family’s struggles — her father was a janitor and her mother worked at Sears — and yet, Warren grew up to be be a teacher, a law professor and a senator. Now, she believes “working families today face a lot tougher path than my family did. And families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier. A path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination.”
“Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love,” she said in a Twitter post. “That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me.”
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