Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, considered one of the most progressive of the US Upper House, today officially launched her campaign for the 2020 presidential election. “This is the struggle of our lives, the struggle to build a country where dreams they are possible. (…) And this is why I am here today to announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States” Warren told the crowd gathered in Lawrence (Massachusetts).
Warren joined other senators from his party who have already announced their intention to reach the White House, such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, while also progressive Bernie Sanders and lawmaker Amy Klobuchar are expected to be added to the contest soon.
One of the first to make official his electoral campaign for the presidential elections of 2020 was the Latin Julian Castro, who was Secretary of Housing during the Government of US President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
In his speech, Warren criticized the US system, which he said has left the country’s middle class “sunk”. “The richest and most powerful people in the United States have pressed in Washington and have paid politicians to tilt the system year after year,” added Warren, one of the country’s best-known Democrats.
The act of the official announcement was attended by Senator Ed Markey, who on Friday presented an ambitious plan to counteract climate change, and House Member Joe Kennedy III, of the Kennedy family. Warren’s announcement came at a time when her popularity has dropped after the senator published the results of a DNA test in October to show she probably has Native American roots.
The Boston Globe newspaper published the result of a DNA test that, at first, showed “strong evidence” that there was a Native American in Warren’s family tree. However, hours later the Boston newspaper recognized that there was a “mathematical error” in calculating Warren’s genealogical heritage and that, in reality, the policy is between 1/64 and 1/1024 of Native American origin.
That step provoked Trump’s ridicule, which has repeatedly called it “Pocahontas”, and the anger of the indigenous Cherokee Nation tribe, which asserted that the use of a DNA test to demonstrate “any connection” with Native American origins “is inappropriate and incorrect.” In 2012, the legislator said that she had indigenous roots, but the lack of evidence in this regard and her decision to identify herself as a Native American in the directory of the Association of Law Schools of the United States. They took Trump and other conservatives to accuse her of having lied about that point to advance her career.
According to her campaign, Warren will travel in the coming days to seven different states of the country, including New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, where several of the first Democratic primaries will be held for 2020.