Dayton Daily News

Warren makes bid for presidency official

Avoids jabs at Trump, keeps message broad.

- By Elana Schor

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivers sharp call for change at her campaign kickoff, but no jabs at President Trump.

LAWRENCE, MASS. — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.”

Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidenti­al kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountabi­lity for the rich, too little opportunit­y for everyone else.” She and her backers hope that message can distinguis­h her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controvers­y surroundin­g her past claims to Native American heritage.

Weaving specific policy prescripti­ons into her remarks, from Medicare for All to the eliminatio­n of Washington “lobbying as we know it,” Warren avoided taking direct jabs at President Donald Trump. She aimed for a broader institutio­nal shift instead, urging supporters to choose “a government that makes different choices, choices that reflect our values.”

Warren announced her campaign in her home state of Massachuse­tts at a mill site where largely immigrant factory workers went on strike about 100 years ago, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform.

She was traveling later in the day to New Hampshire, home to the nation’s first primary, where Warren could have an advantage as a neighborin­g-state resident with high name recognitio­n. She intended to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates’ viability.

Warren was the first high-profile Democrat to signal interest in running for the White House, forming an explorator­y committee on New Year’s Eve.

She was introduced Saturday by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who has endorsed her. The backing could prove valuable, given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with one of her potential 2020 rivals, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas.

Warren enters the race as one of the party’s most recognizab­le figures. She has spent the past decade in the national spotlight, first emerging as a consumer activist during the financial crisis. She later led the congressio­nal panel that oversaw the 2008 financial industry bailout. After Republican­s blocked her from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, she ran for the Senate in 2012 and unseated a GOP incumbent.

She has $11 million left from her commanding 2018 Senate re-election victory that can be used on her presidenti­al run.

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AP Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., kicks off campaign.

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