Warren picks a faded mill city for presidential announcement

Representative Joe Kennedy and Senator Elizabeth Warren

Representative Joe Kennedy and Senator Elizabeth Warren

Warren's announcement makes her the eighth Democrat officially running for president, joining the likes of Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, former Congressman John Delaney of Maryland, Spiritual author Marianne Williamson of Texas and businessman Andrew Yang of NY.

She was to be introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., who meant to endorse her candidacy, according to an official familiar with his plans. Ms Warren pledged to undo the "terrible" acts of the Trump administration, stating she would fight all the way to do so.

After Lawrence, Warren is set to travel north to campaign in New Hampshire before flying to Iowa for a three-stop tour across the state on Sunday - her second visit to the Hawkeye State since announcing the formation of an exploratory campaign on New Year's Eve.

The storm over Warren's ancestry claim deepened when she sought to neutralise the attacks by releasing a DNA analysis in October, which said that she had a Native American ancestor "six - 10 generations ago".

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"Lawrence has a history of working people coming together to make change, where the fight was hard, the battle was uphill, and where a group of women led the charge for all of us", Warren said in a video promoting her announcement. "This is the fight of our lives", she said, according to CNN.

If elected, Warren would be the United States' first female president.

More recently, the liberal lawmaker also apologized for claiming to descend from Native American heritage. She spoke at a rally outside a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts to officially announce she was a Democratic nomination for president. The enmity between the two politicians is no secret, but Warren focused on emphasizing the policies she wanted to enact rather than criticizing those now in use.

To give Warren the authority to redesign financial rules and regulations would seem the ideal way to begin to shrink the obscene and risky inequality between the very wealthy and the nation's working and middle classes. After proposing an "ultra-millionaire tax" that would hit the wealthiest 75,000 households in America, Warren told Bloomberg News last week that she continues to "believe in capitalism" but wants to see stricter rules to prevent gaming the system - a marked contrast with the self-described democratic socialism of Sanders.

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She said Trump was seeking billions of dollars to "continue to militarize and weaponize a force that has zero accountability". A stalemate over the issue led to a record 35-day shutdown that ended January 25.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Warren could not say whether she had listed her race as American Indian on other forms at the time.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12 in Manchester, New Hampshire. "I want to know what people are going to do to fix the issues that matters that we face".

Warren will not go into her presidential announcement with the wind at her back, however.

She notched a second viral moment in 2017 after Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell struggled to cut off a floor speech in which Warren was criticizing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. In 2012, her run for the U.S. Senate in MA was overshadowed by reporting that she was listed for years as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory and as Native American while teaching law at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.

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