Senator Elizabeth Warren has officially announced her 2020 presidential campaign.
The 69-year-old Massachusetts Democrat officially launched her campaign at a rally on Saturday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of New England’s poorest and most heavily Latino communities.
‘I am a candidate for president of the United States of America,’ she told the cheering crowd on a blustery day where the wind chill hit 19 degrees.
Warren struck a populist note in her speech, highlighting her humble origins as the daughter of a janitor, and lashed out at a ‘rigged’ system that favors big banks and the elite.
She proposed an ‘ultra millionaires tax’ on the super wealthy and twice praised the Green New Deal, an ambitious environmental, economic and social master-plan rolled out this week by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat.
Warren also lashed out at President Donald Trump, saying: ‘The rich and the powerful use fear to divide us. We’re done with that. Bigotry has no place in the Oval Office.’
The former law school professor began her speech with a lecture on the history of the rally’s location, Everett Mill, where the Industrial Workers of the World in 1912 organized a strike of female workers whose pay was cut corresponding to a new law shortening the work week of women.
Warren praised the mostly immigrant women for winning a pay raise and inspiring new worker-protection legislation.
‘They stuck together and they won,’ Warren said. She said that the history lesson was a ‘story about our power when we fight together’ and vowed that the upcoming election would be ‘the fight of our lives.’
She hopes her populist stance will distinguish her in the field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage, an embarrassment Warren did not mention in her speech.
Warren concluded her speech to the walk-off song Respect, by Aretha Franklin.
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SOURCE: Associated Press / Daily Mail – Keith Griffith