WAR­REN STARTS PRES­I­DEN­TIAL CAM­PAIGN

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TAKES PLEDGE TO DE­FEND WORK­ING AMER­I­CANS

LAWRENCE : Demo­crat El­iz­a­beth War­ren has of­fi­cially kicked off her 2020 White House run with a full-throated pledge to de­fend work­ing Amer­i­cans, un­bowed by a row over her Na­tive Amer­i­can an­ces­try that has threat­ened to nip her cam­paign in the bud.

“This is the fight of our lives,” she told cheer­ing sup­port­ers in gritty Lawrence, Mas­sachusetts, against “a rigged sys­tem that props up the rich and pow­er­ful and kicks dirt on ev­ery­one else.” “Mil­lions of fam­i­lies can barely breathe,” War­ren said on Saturthe day, in a feisty speech that struck ag­gres­sively pop­ulist and un­apolo­get­i­cally left-lean­ing notes. “It is not right.” The Mas­sachu- setts se­na­tor is among the high­est-pro­file of the grow­ing pool of Democrats hop­ing to un­seat Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2020.

Demo­cratic field is al­ready the party’s most di­verse ever, with Se­na­tor Amy Klobuchar join­ing the race on Sun­day.

War­ren’s past bat­tles with Wall Street have brought her a large fol­low­ing, and her cam­paign team has drawn the grudg­ing re­spect of its ri­vals. Hop­ing to ride the mo­men­tum of her Lawrence speech, she heads next to early-vot­ing Iowa and New Hamp­shire, fol­lowed by five other states. But for now it is un­clear how badly dam­aged War­ren is by the stub­born con­tro­versy over her claim to Na­tive Amer­i­can roots -- a claim Trump has seized upon to be­lit­tle her.

REUTERS

El­iz­a­beth War­ren speaks at a rally to launch her cam­paign.

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