WARREN STARTS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
TAKES PLEDGE TO DEFEND WORKING AMERICANS
: 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.
Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally to launch her campaign.