It’s Happening: Elizabeth Warren Is Officially Running for President

Hugh Fox
February 10, 2019

"She seems to not be able to escape the controversy surrounding these claims", Zhou-Castro said. "It is a story about power - our power - when we fight together". In 2012, her run for the U.S. Senate in MA was overshadowed by reporting that she was listed for years as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory and as Native American while teaching law at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms Warren delivered a 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 praised Warren for bringing attention to things like student debt and for standing up to the banking industry.

"All I know is, during this time period, this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family's stories, but family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship", Warren said.

Kennedy's decision to throw his support to his home state senator - and not his good friend, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is considering a bid of his own - is a clear signal to fellow Democrats that she remains a serious primary contender despite a politically trying week.

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Ms Warren has always been a star in the progressive left, however, and she has already built a formidable nationwide campaign.

With the announcement of her exploratory committee, Warren became the first Democratic senator to declare plans to begin the legal process of running for president. Her past claims to Native American heritage, including a controversial DNA test to prove she had distant Native American ancestry, landed her in hot water with the Cherokee Nation.

A Monmouth University poll showed Warren get a boost in national support after she announced her exploratory campaign at the end of a year ago.

This week Warren battled against newly surfaced evidence of her claiming Native American heritage. The decision to run marks a significant departure for Warren, who less than two years ago told her constituents in MA that she doesn't want to become president. "I want to see a revival of civic grace". "Only under President Trump's leadership will America continue to grow safer, secure and more prosperous", Parscale stated.

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"Since that day, I've never let anyone tell me that anything is 'too hard, '" she quipped.

While Warren represents MA, she was born and raised in Oklahoma, attended college in New Jersey, and taught at law schools in Texas and Pennsylvania before teaching at Harvard.

She notched a second viral moment in 2017 after Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell struggled to cut off a floor speech in which Warren was criticizing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Since then, the field has grown considerably, including her Senate colleagues Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Cory Booker (N.J.).

As supporters cheered and clapped, she also said on Saturday, "I'm opting out ..." New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC. Later in the week, Warren plans to visit South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and California.

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