Elizabeth Warren announces challenge to Trump in 2020

Warren 69 a senator from Massachusetts since 2013 became one of Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race

Warren 69 a senator from Massachusetts since 2013 became one of Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race

On top of the publicly-released video, Warren sent an email to supporters on Monday morning to announce the exploratory committee, which enables her to fundraise and fill campaign staff positions ahead of formally seeking the presidency. "We got a real opportunity to build something", Warren says. "And they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice". At a rally in July, he joked that he would pull out a heritage kit during a hypothetical presidential debate with Warren and slowly toss it at her, "hoping it doesn't hit her and injure her arm, even though it only weighs probably two ounces". She has also consistently shown that she's willing to fight with President Trump.

But her bread-and-butter issue has been the defense of ordinary Americans against abuses by those with wealth and power.

She now faces an arduous battle to raise money and capture Democratic primary voters' attention before Iowa casts its first vote in more than a year. Warren discusses her life growing up in Oklahoma where her mother worked a minimum wage job and her introduction into politics, when she helped President Barack Obama establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 financial crisis. But her outspoken criticism of the banking industry has also earned her the ire of some conservatives.

Warren was born in and grew up in Oklahoma, but she eventually moved to MA, where her career as a senator began. "Her time has already come and gone", Gurdon said.

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The video, which runs for almost four-and-a-half minutes, touches on Warren's family's military tradition, her parents' struggle to provide their children with opportunities and her career fighting for the marginalized in a political system that has been rigged to favor the wealthy.

Ms Warren, 69, a senator from MA since 2013, became one of Mr Trump's fiercest critics during the 2016 presidential race and they have continued to exchange biting insults during his presidency. "So she has a background and message that has met its moment", said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic consultant based in Boston, who argued that Warren is a front-runner because "she's spent the better part of the last 18 months laying the groundwork for this moment".

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, both of whom have run for president in the past, are said to be eyeing 2020 presidential runs, and are they are both expected to make their official announcements in the coming weeks.

With Warren "exploring" - running, in effect - we can expect a large contingent of hopefuls to follow suit soon.

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Warren's entrance into the contest to try and challenge President Trump in 2020 is a development he's likely to relish.

They clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claim to Native American ancestry, repeatedly referring to her as "Pocahontas".

Ms Warren in October released a DNA analysis she said supported her assertion that she had Native American lineage. Trump's taunting did not end. But it also risks emphasizing anger at a time when Democrats are divided over whether they instead should seek out a more optimistic and unifying nominee.

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