Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 candidacy; progressives mostly underwhelmed

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Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include almost two dozen candidates.

"America's middle class is under attack", the Massachusetts Democrat said in a four-minute, 30-second video emailed to supporters Monday. "How did we get here?"

Warren has sparred with Trump over policy such as healthcare, as well as over more personal attacks. One of her most significant competitors could be Sen. She'll be 70 in February 2020 at the start of nominating contests, which will feature scores of millennial and non-white voters who want candidates that are culturally relevant to them.

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. In an ominous sign for a candidate who was once considered a possible favorite for the nod, the vast majority of Democratic commentary in response to Warren's announcement has taken the tone of a bored yawn.

If competently run, the Warren exploratory committee can fairly quickly answer some of those questions.

In a video announcing the formation of the committee, Warren focused on her own life in America, and how her mother and father struggled and worked hard to give her opporunities that were unavailable to them.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has launched an exploratory committee for a tilt at becoming president in 2020.

Elizabeth Warren announces 2020 run for president against Trump

Even without her running for office, she has often been the target of many of Trump's more pointed jabs, including his nicknaming her "Pocahontas" to ridicule her claims of Native American ancestry. But by definition, a politician who has formed an exploratory committee is not yet a candidate for president.

"Corruption is poisoning our democracy", Warren says in the video as images of Republican leaders flash across the screen.

The move was meant to rebut Trump's taunts of Warren as "Pocahontas".

Fugelsang reacted a whole two years later by saying, "If Elizabeth Warren is "Pocahontas" I guess you're Custer".

When Trump offered to donate $1 million to Warren's favorite charity if she took a test proving "you're an Indian", she eventually did so, hoping to put an end to his ridicule. President Barack Obama considered appointing her to run the new bureau but then passed on her. Warren ran for the Senate instead.

Warren burst onto the national scene a decade ago during the financial crisis with calls for greater consumer protections. They are separate and intentionally different than filing one's candidacy and common early on in presidential primaries. The Cherokee Nation said Warren was making a mockery out of DNA tests and was "undermining tribal interests".

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