Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is officially launching her presidential campaign Saturday morning, over a month after she announced an exploratory committee to test the viability of a bid for the White House.
Warren told the crowd on Saturday, "It won't be enough to just undo the awful acts of this administration". Our fight is for big, structural change. "Nevertheless, they persisted", she said about the strike, using one of her iconic campaign phrases to applause. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone.
"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. "And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America". Kamala Harris and Cory Booker already in the race, and others, like Sens. Senators Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar are also publicly mulling presidential bids.
In addition to Kennedy, other members of the MA delegation will also speak at the rally, sources told CNN, including Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Lori Trahan, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. All are expected to indicate their official support for Warren's campaign.
Warren will be joined by family, including her husband, Bruce, and her two children. Some of her grandchildren are also expected to be in attendance.
How much effect the negative headlines will have on her in a crowded field will likely depend on how, or whether, Warren can put the controversy behind her.
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Her announcement comes at the end of week where Warren apologized again after the Washington Post uncovered her registration card for the Texas bar in which she identified herself as American Indian.
In the announcement, she called President Trump "the latest - and most extreme - symptom of what's gone wrong in America".
The Cherokee Nation criticized Warren's announcement a year ago, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using DNA analysis to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong". But it's not yet clear whether the revival of the Native American controversy on Wednesday could hurt public opinion of the senator.
Weeks after announcing her exploratory committee, Warren's announcement in MA today kicked off her campaign in what's shaping up to be a large Democratic field running against President Donald Trump. She will travel to Iowa on Sunday and make visits to South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California in the coming weeks.
Protesting a reduction in wages after the enforcement of a state law mandating women work a maximum of 54 hours a week, textile workers staged walkouts that spread around Lawrence in 1912.
Warren introduced her campaign by telling the story of Lawrence, where laborers - many of whom were immigrants - toiled under bad working conditions. She announced last month her plan to impose a "wealth tax" on Americans with more than $50 million in assets.
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