Warren picks a faded mill city for presidential announcement

Warren picks a faded mill city for presidential announcement

Ms Warren announced her campaign in her home state of MA 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. Elizabeth Warren is expected to launch her presidential campaign in one of New England's poorest and most heavily Latino communities.

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.

In her speech on Saturday in Lawrence, in her home state of Massachusetts, Ms Warren called Mr Trump "the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America, a product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else".

The campaign's decision to stage the senator's first campaign rally in Lawrence, a former industrial mill town, highlights the key constituency groups she hopes to appeal to in her campaign, including immigrants, women, working class families and union members.

"Our fight is for big structural change", Warren continued.

"It's a story about power - our power - when we fight together", she said.

I will always vote to reelect Warren to the Senate, but she should not be the Democratic nominee.

Warren is undoubtedly a well qualified and strong addition to the 2020 democratic primary, which a lot of public and political support behind her. "I am in that fight all the way", she told supporters in Lawrence, Mass.

Warren has repeatedly apologized, saying the claim was based on "family lore" and she now understands tribal sovereignty dictates membership.

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Speaking at her campaign launch event in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Warren vowed to "fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone".

The 69-year-old from the USA state of MA has already become a main target of Trump, who has dubbed Warren "Pocahontas" for previously identifying herself as a Native American, a controversy that has plagued the run-up to her candidacy.

The story got fresh legs this week when the Washington Post reported on a 1986 University of Texas state bar registration card on which she wrote her race was "American Indian", leading to another apology from Warren.

Many Massachusetts residents who turned out for the campaign kickoff, meanwhile, said they'd rather see the 2020 race focus on issues that matter to many Americans, such as income inequality, student debt and health care - not Warren's heritage.

Two weeks ago, Warren added more meat to her platform, introducing a new "wealth tax" on Americans with assets valued at $50 million or more.

The campaign launch comes at a challenging moment for Warren.

In the days leading up to Saturday's announcement, Warren has been weighed down by new questions over her past claims to Native American heritage.

Closing the gap between the country's rich and poor, a pursuit of Warren's that dates back to her time as a Harvard law professor, is set to be a dominant theme of her campaign.

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