World Media

Elizabeth Warren Makes 2020 Presidential Run Official

Sen. Elizabeth Warren waves at the crowd ahead of a campaign rally in Lawrence Massachusetts

It's official: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Despite such criticism, several MA lawmakers joined Warren for her Lawrence 2020 campaign launch, including U.S. Reps.

"Our fight is for big, structural change", said the MA senator, who throughout her speech invoked popular policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax, and ambitious criminal justice reform. Warren's platform will focus on numerous same issues she's worked on since she was a Harvard Law School professor who helped President Barack Obama create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 recession: cracking down on big banks, making corporations more accountable to workers, and expanding health care and housing for the middle class and low-income Americans.

The 69-year-old from the USA state of MA has already become a main target of Trump, who has dubbed Warren "Pocahontas" for previously identifying herself as a Native American, a controversy that has plagued the run-up to her candidacy. After Republicans blocked her from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, she ran for the Senate in 2012 and unseated a GOP incumbent. She will travel to Iowa on Sunday and make visits to South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California in the coming weeks.

Warren joins a growing list of Democrats kicking off their White House bid, including fellow Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

As supporters cheered and clapped, she also said on Saturday, "I'm opting out ..." New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting SC. Kirsten Gillibrand has also announced an exploratory committee. Another possible presidential rival, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, planned to be in New Hampshire on Saturday.

Ms Warren has always been a star in the progressive left, however, and she has already built a formidable nationwide campaign.

The expected launch will test whether the controversy is simply a Washington obsession or a substantive threat to her candidacy. They're both leaders of the Democrats' liberal vanguard, but some Mr Sanders supporters are still upset she didn't support him during his 2016 primary run against Hillary Clinton.

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". And as a senator from Vermont who won the New Hampshire primary, he would likely go into the Granite State as an early favorite if he made a decision to run again.

Warren's nascent campaign has been plagued with controversy over a DNA test she took in the fall to show that she has some Native American heritage.

Warren enters a crowded presidential field, as Democrats tell pollsters they want to find the candidate most able to beat Donald Trump.